Sunday, January 27, 2008

Do churches really care?

A friend of mine had this post on his blog the other day and I thought it was so true. Check it out below. What do you think?

A cutting-edge church leader in the US known for his innovative ideas on reaching a post-modern generation for Christ contends that the reason why churches are declining in America is because they are self-centered.

“My primary assessment would be because American Christians tend to be incredibly self-indulgent so they see the church as a place there for them to meet their needs and to express faith in a way that is meaningful for them,” said cultural architect Erwin McManus, lead pastor at Mosaic Church in Los Angeles, to The Christian Post on Monday.

“There is almost no genuine compassion or urgency about serving and reaching people who don’t know Christ,” he added.

Speaking about church decline in general, McManus concluded: “I think the bottom line really is our own spiritual narcissism. There are methods and you can talk about style, structure and music, but in the end it really comes down to your heart and what you care about,” he said.

He often explains that while the Bible does not change, the methods to effectively communicate the Word of God can.

What do you think? I think he is right on, but before I point any accusatory fingers at the church as a whole, I must look in the mirror first. Do the actions of my life portray someone who really cares about outsiders? Pretty convicting ... God, help me to make your Kingdom a priority on a daily basis. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven through my life.