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. (more…)