Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sacred Discontentment

There is this concept I've been learning about over this past year about churches and church-goers called "sacred discontentment". As citizens living in a society of consumerism and finding what pleases us most, we have sadly turned church into an act of consumerism. As Americans, we literally will "shop" for that church that has everything we've ever dreamed of having in a church.
A feel-good message
Rocking children's and youth programs
Pews or chairs (depending on your style)
Hymns or contemporary songs
Friendly, outgoing people

But there is a flaw to this thinking. God - our perfect, wonderful Creator - created church. But He is using imperfect people to run His church. Yet, we as imperfect people expect perfection in a church. See the problem here?

This has made the concept of church not about outreach, but about swapping people who already know Christ, and entitlement. There is a major flaw here.

A Feel- Good message won't always make you happy. Especially if it is calling out a flaw we have as humans. We may leave convicted and challenged instead.

We are to be a Christian body that comes to church to learn, but also to learn and GO do work.

“...We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up." - I Corinthians 8: 1b

Don't let our mindset of entitlement and consumerism feed into this sick view of church. It is not how God intended it, and it isn't how we are to gain a mentality of going out and creating disciples.

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