Here's one from perhaps one of the smartest man in the 20th century.
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. - Albert Einstein

For me, not to seem like Debbie Downer, but the modern Church seems more bent on success than values. How can I say that? For instance:
  • The divorce rate amongst conservative Christians are higher than those outside the Church.
  • 37% of born-again Christians believe if a person is good enough they can earn their way into Heaven.
  • 26% of born-agains believe "that while Jesus lived on the earth He committed sins, like other people" compared to 41% of all adults.
  • Nearly all born-again Christians say their religious faith is extrememly important to them, however only 9% of all born-agains tithe 10% of their income.

From these examples, it's easy to see why the world looks elsewhere besides Christ. From observing Christians, they see we don't value marraige, God's Word (i.e., Eph. 2:8-9), Christ's character, and Christians certainly don't put their money where their mouth is. Why? Because we are more interested in numbers, programs, buildings, etc....all the things that don't last. Instead, we should be focusing on the character of the Church, and instilling Christ-centered values in those who attend weekly.

What are your thoughts?


Roger Garrett said...

I hate to say it but I see the 80/20 rules applies to church as well. 80% is just along for the ride as long as it fits their needs. 20% is working toward the goal. But sadly it may not even be 80/20 more like 90/10