Thursday, October 20, 2011
Insecurity and Success
Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, "When the church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first."Which forces me to ask the question - Why is the love of God not enough to make us feel both important and liked?
Some time ago a group of church leaders decided that they didn't want to be hated. They focused just on attracting more and more people.
But if we're here to offer something the world can't provide, why would I want to copy the world? There is plenty of television. There are plenty of talk shows. There are plenty of comedians. But there is not plenty of worship of the true and living God.
You think it's rooted in a deep insecurity that we have as church leaders?
Yes, I do. I think you've put your finger on it. We want a crowd to make us feel important and liked. But why is getting a crowd our focus? Jesus never suggested that crowds were the goal. He never addresses getting your church to grow. Never. So why is that the emphasis today? [boldface added]
Think about it.