Heading over to the NinjaNun site (as a I do daily), 1) because she is the one of the few ladies that mixes it up here with the boys on a regular basis, and 2) she is actually one of the brightest and best writers here in the blogosphere and 3) her site is like a daily cornucopia or buffet – each day is a surprise but never disappointing.
Anyway, today she posted the above advertisement from her current/former church and then proceeds to critique the hell out of the thing, pulling no punches along the way. She slices and she dices and most importantly, rips the at the heart of the matter with her normal wit and wisdom. You should head over there immediately and read what she writes. It’s damn good!
Now, I have been guilty of pulling such events like this one. In my past as a pastor I have directed events like this with the intent of reaching people for Christ. Back around 1986 as a youth pastor in Texas, a revival came to our church and I was in charge of “pack-a-pew” night where we tried to get as many kids and families in the church as possible. With my promise of a free dinner and a give-away of a Sony Walkman to the teenager that brought the most friends, I was able to get over 150 kids “packed” into the pews. I was applauded for my efforts.
That was the beginning of my “gimmicks for Jesus” pastoral life. Over the years, the prizes got better. One year, I gave away the chance to win a “brand new car”. All you had to do was show up, sign your name to be on our mailing list and you won the chance to throw a frisbee through a hoop from 75 feet. If you did it, you won the car. Man, was I edgy. (And for the record, no one ever won).
It’s nice to know that things haven’t changed much in 20 years.
Is this what we are supposed to be about in our churches? I don’t think most pastors I hand this too would have a problem with this churches promotion. And there’s the problem. As Ninja says, “Ask a fish about the water surrounding them, and they’ll reply, “what water?”
And while they ask that question, the rest of us are drowning in it.