Church leaders are lamenting declining attendance and seeking creative ways to get people into their buildings. Preachers are even going to where the people are…imagine that! (Sounds suspiciously like something Jesus did.) But the goal appears to ultimately get people into their “worship services.” (We seem to forget that we are the “called out” not the “called in.”)
I hate to break it to you, but that’s not going to work. People have better things to do with their time than to file into an auditorium, sing a few songs, listen to a few prayers, observe a few rituals, pay homage to a few traditions and listen to a monologue that may or may not be relevant…all the while staring at the back of the heads seated in front of them.
Some pin their hopes of getting people into their auditoriums on hiring a hotshot young Osteen-like preacher and a rockin’ band led by a highly talented choreographer/director/producer. Unfortunately, without a large membership and a large budget, small congregations are left out in the cold.
The only way to increase attendance in assemblies is something any church of any size can do: fulfill their intended purpose namely, to build up our fellow disciples. What we are doing now is just not cutting it. When our assemblies become focused on encouragement, enlightenment and stirring up one another to love and good works…our assemblies will be packed.
My wife, visiting granddaughter and I just finished watching the much-heralded motion picture, Date Night starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey on our cable service. Okay, we’re cheap. It was rated PG13 which means that it may be inappropriate for children younger than 13 and even that should involve parental guidance. Well, I am in my late 60’s and it was certainly inappropriate for me. But then again, I have morals.
When did this culture decide that comedy had to be filthy? This could have been an adventure in hilarity without the continual obscenities and references to male and female genitalia, anal sex, masturbation, group sex and prostitution. These were not sexual innuendos, they were explicit references. We tried to fast-forward through the sullied parts but it was so replete with smut that we were not completely successful.
Nothing in the trailers and interviews hinted at such shenanigans so we were unprepared for the dirty bits. Shame on those responsible for this bit of cultural decadence and shame on me for not checking with some of the numerous Christian motion picture review sites! I looked at them after watching the movie and realized the information that could have kept me from wasting my time and money with this crude mess was there for the reading.
While I was on the review sites, I decided to look up Eat, Pray, Love. Thankfully, I now have enough information about this motion picture to Eat my own food, Pray to my one, almighty God and love my wife and family. However, if you want to follow the antics of a self-centered, narcissistic, amoral person who deserts her devoted husband to “find herself,” this little gem is for you.
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