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I want to send global, sky-writing airplanes telling the life-change that happens beneath a steeple.I want to install a police microphone on top of my car and cruise the streets screaming to the masses about the magical Utopian community of believers waiting for them just down the street.
If we don’t have real people who actually care about us, why not just listen to a sermon from the couch? Solutions: In fact, we’re tapped incessantly to help out.We’re aware of the down-falls of the culture—believe it or not we are actually living in it too.Perhaps it’s easier to focus on how terrible the world is out there than actually address the mess within.Turns out I identify more with Maria from the Sound of Music staring out the abbey window, longing to be free.It seems all-too-often our churches are actually causing more damage than good and the statistics are showing a staggering number of millennials have taken note.Bible studies, meetings, groups, social functions, book clubs, planning meetings, talking about building community, discussing a new mission statement…
Now lets clock the number of hours spent serving the least of these.
Solution: My heart is broken for how radically self-centered and utterly American our institution has become.
Let’s clock the number of hours the average church attender spends in “church-type” activities.
Jesus was insanely clear about our purpose on earth: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark -31) “Love God.
Love Others.” Why does every church need its own mission statement anyway? What would happen if the entire American Church came together in our commonalities and used the same, concise mission statement?
So, at the risk of being excommunicated, here is the metaphorical nailing of my own 12 theses to the wooden door of the American, Millennial-less Church.