Wednesday, June 15, 2011

(3) Opening day of deer hunting season is recognized as ...

(3) Opening day of deer hunting season is recognized as an
official church holiday.

Having served in a church for years, I’ve noticed that there are occasions where I can always tell that the crowd is going to be thin for that Sunday. Some of them I didn’t mind too much. Fathers Day and Mothers Day, it seemed like a lot of the younger crowd was gone to spend time with their parents, hopefully at church worshipping together first, then maybe a meal and time spent talking after that.
Super Bowl Sunday was another one. The crowd would start to thin for the morning service (they had to stay home and clean/prep the house/food), and then the evening service would only be the “Die Hard’s” that never had an interest in sports or a reason not to come to church. I often times considered having a Big Screen TV put on the pulpit, and then I would preach during commercials and half time. But then they would be more interested in the commercials than the sermon probably.
The mentality of “wanting a reason not to have to come to church” is one that I can understand. (read the beginning blogs if you haven’t already.) People do not understand the reason to come to church. And when we get them there, they don’t understand what they are supposed to do while they are in church. Is it no wonder that people don’t want to come to church? People don’t like being where they feel “lost” or “left out” and they are unsure of why they are even there, except maybe that they are to be there because that is how it has always been done.
We know that as Christians we have to change. As a church we have to change. If what we’re doing isn’t working now, shouldn’t we want something that is? If you are a church leader, start today to educate the congregation and those around you as to the real meaning of Christianity and how the church needs to become Christian again. Then the whole world can see Christians as being united, and all of the same mind and accord. Then as Christians we can make a difference in the world today.

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