Modern society’s impression of marriage (or not) as a transitory relationship seems to have transferred to some Christian’s attitudes to local churches.
Matt Marino makes a telling point in a forceful post.
Here’s how he starts:
In case you are not up to speed on the last decade’s slang, a baby mama is someone with whom you made a baby, but have no commitment to and little contact with. In other words, someone objectified, used, abandoned, and now mocked for being dumb enough to think the guy would actually be faithful to her.
If you are a Christian does that remind you of anything?
I hear similar attitudes towards the church expressed in Starbucks every week. People waxing eloquent about how into ‘Jesus’ and ‘spirituality’ they are, but not so much ‘religion’ or the ‘Church.’ It is why 24 million people watched Jefferson Bethke’s spoken word video “Why I hate religion but love Jesus” last year.
I am most amazed when I see Christian leaders encouraging people to use the church as their ‘baby mama’ – for their own desires and preferences, and when she no longer ‘does it for me’ to ditch her for a younger, sexier model. What I am whining about exactly? Here are a few examples:
- Checking to see if the “good preacher” is on before going.
- Having one church for worship, one for small groups, and one for preaching.
- Changing churches because you just aren’t “feeling it” anymore.
- Driving so far across town for a church you like that your unchurched friends would never think of coming with you.
- Picking your church, not on beliefs, but simply because your friends all go there.
- Criticizing the church you didn’t go to from Starbucks on Sunday morning.
For the love, have we lost our ability to pick something and stick with it!
The church has played right into our preference driven world by featuring ever-hotter, better packaged versions of itself.
Read the rest at The Gospel Side.