Yesterday I linked to Ray Ortlund's modest proposal, and I suggested that although it is a nice idea, it would never happen for reasons that would make me sound like a jerk if elucidated.
It occurs to me now that my silence may have implied I didn't want to sound like a jerk to Dr. Ortlund. That is not the case at all. I didn't want to repeat the same "woe is the Church" stuff I'm getting tired of myself, lest I seem like a jerk toward other churches.
But that was yesterday. :-)
The reason I don't think it would happen/work is because the average evangelical church already thinks it's correcting the previous generation's evangelistic errors. They already believe they are delighting the world with Jesus.
"I mean, gee, look, we've got fog machines and power pop songs. We're all about the fun. And as far as disturbing people with Jesus goes, just look at all the religious people who are uncomfortable here. We're doing our job! We're just like Jesus."
Or so I imagine it would go.
See, my hunch would be that most churches would sign such a thing already believing they're part of the solution (and that would include myself). But many of them are mistaken (and that could include myself, admittedly).
Overheard at two different blogs yesterday:
"Creating an over the top experience for our guests isn’t just a talking point, it’s a driving force behind Sunday mornings."
"I'm sick and tired of Las Vegas and Hollywood outdoing the church."
Yes. Ahem. Well.
By all means, let's keep on down this road. Clearly what people desperate for the gospel and starving for the glory of God really need is an "over the top experience" and a presentation the likes of which make Vegas and Hollywood jealous.
Because that stuff clearly works. Let's keep going down that road.
And now I'm done sounding like a smug know-it-all. :-)
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