The Church has one thing to offer the world.
It’s not this:
It is not
- Laser Light Shows
- Monster Trucks (seriously.)
- Circus Tricks (seriously!)
- Knock-off music videos (…seriously.)
- Elephants (see above)
The Church has one thing to offer:
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Cor 5:17-21
If the Church doesn’t offer the gospel it’s offering nothing.
- MTV and VH1 can do music and light shows better.
- The movies can be edgier.
- The world has sexier shows.
The Church can’t compete with the world… in sin and frivolity.
However, the world can’t compete with the Church in telling the most beautiful, compelling, dramatic, overwhelming, riveting, hopeful story in history.
I love this saying: “What you win them by is what you win them to.” In other words, if you attract people to Church with gimmicks, that’s what they’ll stay for… and then leave once the novelty wears out. If you attract people to the Church with the infinite glory of God, that’s what they’ll stay for… for eternity.
Don’t sell the gospel short. Don’t dress it up with worldly novelty. Simply present it in all its splendor.
What didn’t Jesus die for?
I am indebted to the Museum of Idolatry for pointing me to the examples at the top of the page.