Consumer Christians

August 14, 2011 under Unlikely Christian
Share

 

*

Yeah…..so today at church the pastor spoke about consumer Christians.  I gotta tell ya, this one hit a little close to home, especially as it applies to church. 

*

A consumer Christian might look at a church much like he/she looks at a restaurant.  You go to a restaurant because you really like the food, the service, the price, the ambiance etc… 

*

So what happens if the restaurant takes your favorite item off the menu or changes their salsa, which was perfect just the way it was, into some chunky concoction that’s barely spicy?  Or what if they quit giving you those free mints with your check?

*

Well, then as a consumer, chances are you might start looking elsewhere for your dining needs to be met.  Right?  I know I would because I can’t stand chunky salsa.

*

Seriously.  Chips & salsa is like my favorite food.  I don’t mind a little chunk in my salsa but just a little and it darn well better be spicy!  My favorite salsa can be found at Esparza’s.  In my opinion it doesn’t get any better than Esparza’s!  It’s La Bamba!  Is this a plug in hopes that they’ll furnish me with a lifetime supply of salsa?  Yep!

*

Okay, where was I?

*

Oh yeah.  Consumer Christians tend to treat church like consumers treat restaurants.

*

Hey this restaurant is great!  I love their salsa!  But then they go and change the salsa into a chunky nonsense.  My reaction:  I unlike them on facebook and take my lunch money elsewhere.  And as a consumer, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

*

Hey this church is great!  I love their music!  But then they go and change the singer and well I just don’t like his voice very much.  My reaction:  I unlike them on facebook and decide to try out some new churches.  And as a consumer Christian, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

*

Except that there is everything wrong with being a consumer Christian.

*

When it comes to a restaurant it’s about you.

*

When it comes to church it’s not about you. 

*

It’s about God.

*

I was VERY guilty of being a consumer Christian.  In fact when it came to church, I spent well over the last year being one.

*

Case in point.  We had a church home.  It was the only church home I’d ever known.  I served there, was baptized there, had good friends there but then some things changed.  And I wasn’t getting much out of it anymore so I decided to find a new church home.

*

One of the very next churches we tried was great.  The messages were fantastic, which was great because that’s what I was looking for.  The music was good, the kids loved it and it was right down the street which was a nice bonus.  Wow, finding our new church home sure didn’t take very long!  But then the main worship pastor came back after an extended vacation and eeeekkkk!  Wow!  Sorry but I can’t sit through this music week after week.  Time to unlike them on facebook.

*

From then on we searched for churches as consumers.

*

Alright, time to channel your inner Jeff Foxworthy:

*

If you’ve ever said, “Service was too long, he could’ve said all that in 20 minutes instead of 50.  Now I’m missing the first half of the game!”  You might be a consumer Christian.

*

If you‘ve ever said, “Seriously?!?  Why were there 17 people with microphones onstage during worship?  That doesn’t really work for ME.”  You might be a consumer Christian.

*

If you‘ve ever said, “That message did nothing for ME today.  What was the point in ME getting up early for this?”  You might be a consumer Christian.

*

If you‘ve ever said, “Too many people want to shake my hand.  Don’t they know it’s cold and flu season?”  You might be a consumer Christian.

*

If you‘ve ever said, “They did a rap song in church today!  A rap song!  Is church really the place for Snoopy Doggy Dogg and Dr. Ice Tea type music?”   You might be a consumer Christian.

*

Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try out churches.  I mean sometimes you have to try on a few pairs of pants before you find the ones that fit best.  But once you do find your church home, become a part of it.  Become, as my pastor said today, a contributor not a consumer.  Remember that it’s not about you, it’s really not.

*

It’s all about God. 

*

It’s about building your relationship with God and others, honoring Him, worshipping Him, serving Him, learning about Him, helping to point others to Him, growing His Kingdom, giving to Him, growing in Him etc….

*

You can’t really do that properly if you are treating church like a consumer.  Oh you can do it to some extent but is just a little bit of God all you want?  Joyce Meyer once said, “So you have enough Jesus to stay out of hell.  How about having enough to walk in victory?”  I don’t know about you but I’ll take the latter.

*

Side note:  If you are currently searching for a church home there’s nothing wrong with shopping around.  It’s okay to have personal preferences and if you aren’t comfortable at the church you’re visiting by all means, try another one.  But while searching, just be mindful of the consumer tendencies we all have.  And if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you ask God what church you should attend.  Trust me, it will save you some time and headaches.  God wants you in the right church and He’ll show you where that church is if you completely entrust it to Him.

*

And when you find that church, dive in and become a contributor.

*

And remember, it’s not about you.

*

So who wants to meet up at Esparza’s?  Home of the world’s BESTEST salsa!

*   

Share
comments: Closed tags: ,

2 Responses to "Consumer Christians"

  • Rebekah says:

    ouch. This one hit close to home. Great job.

  • Miss Alaineus says:

    You must not have ever tried Fresco’s 🙂

    I, like you, believe God led me here. In desperation one night, I asked Him, “You know what I need, please lead me.” Within days I was emailing you from the advice of a friend. I wish everything worked so quickly.

    I’d love to meet at Esparza’s. Maybe someday soon I’ll be able.