Are we pimping the Church?
The church isn’t a prostitute, so why do we treat her like one? We pimp her out, expect her to turn a profit, and then betray her for another? So asks Nicole Cottrell, the author of the blog Modern Reject.
“Pimpin’ ain’t easy,” and that may be true, but Christians sure make it look like it ain’t no thang. In our attempts to grow the Church and reach the unchurched, we actually exploit her.
We brand her and market her. We dress her in short, yet “attractive” Sunday dresses called services, hoping that if people can just get a feel for her, all of us on our very best behavior, then others might want to take her for a ride around the block. We essentially tell her that she isn’t good enough the way she is—the body of Christ and all. We figure a slew of programs, agendas, and activities will make her more appealing to those seeking.
She can’t go around edifying the saints if she’s too busy trying to please them. She can’t be the light on a hill if she’s covered by what’s new, trendy, and sexy.
Like any pimp, we keep her insulated, even though we claim otherwise. She belongs to us, no one else. We mercilessly defend our right to keep her out of the wrong hands, but we curse her behind her back. We pretend that she’s God’s hope for the world, but we actually keep much of the world out, at least those we deem unworthy or unlovable.
Read the rest of this thought provoking article at the excellent blog Shrink The Church
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