Jesus, on sale now!

So as I heard news today from my siblings about something that happened to my father i was rather troubled. I was troubled more when moments later I had a visit into my office to tell me about how much my Christmas Eve Service was not for everyone. (granted i had to deal with a lot, musicians quitting on me, youth quitting on me moments before we start, no one showing up to rehearsal…) This is something that has been nagging in the back of my mind for a while now. My friend Chris and I chatted about this a while ago at the NYWC. We talked about what was the biggest problem with the church and conferences like that one. We talked about the one thing that really becomes evident this time of the year. The commercialism of our faith. I mean seriously Jesus sells and we are the hapless wallets with feet that these salesmen target. I have been rather unimpressed with the way that this has permeated into the consciousness of the church as a whole. We want things our way. This old slogan for Burger King has become the mantra of the church. Things aren’t always perfect, we are humans it happens. Maybe we need to start reminding each other that a worship service is just that, WORSHIP. It is not about whether or not the audience was entertained. It is about us sharing our gifts with each other in order to celebrate, worship, and appreciate God, and God’s gifts to us. Granted, there are some things we need to examine and change only because they have become stale and old and we no longer worship we go through the motions. I know this because i am guilty of this as well. I go through the motions week in and week out and i honestly don’t feel a connection or a relationship with this God sometimes. I want things to be entertaining sometimes, I know I’m right there. The truth is that we need to rethink some of our practices and examine ourselves and our own hearts. On this topic, what is in the church or been given to the church does not belong to the church, the congregation, or the church staff. Those items belong to God, for that matter anything we “own” according to scriptures does not belong to us it belongs to God. We have been called to be stewards of what we have been given. Thus just because all that stuff is there does not mean we can go to a church and just take something for our own benefit. It does not mean if someone gives something to the church in order to benefit those who are less fortunate, that it belongs to any person besides the ministry which God has ordained for it. You can’t take it back and say oh because things aren’t going my way i can withhold my donations. ARGH seriously if that is the way you want it then you can have it. That is not the God i serve. I don’t serve the “Almighty Dollar” and it makes me sad that some do… OK Rant over sorry I just needed to Vent…

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