E-mail message from a friend
came across this article which articulates a lot of my discomfort with the way church is in the states.
and the ensuing discussion on the blog where i usually get my church news
Three quick replies
- When choosing churches in Ohio and California, I did “pray…about this decision” and “involve your small group” in that prayer and decision. I did “investigate the church’s doctrine, history, or philosophy of ministry.” I primarily investigated their theological soundness and service to the surrounding community. I admit that, in the case of my church here in Ohio, I did fail to uncover a few important theological views of the church.”
- I agree with Pastor Jethani’s assessment of the American church’s conformity to a consumerist world view, and I am rather discouraged by it. However, she offers no real solution that I could find. She does not suggest any ways to transform the American Church into a more authentic and effective part of Christ’s body. Many churches like within biking or walking distance of where I live; I must make a choice. Other than the questions I addressed in point 1, she offers no concrete advice on the correct way to make such choices.
- “According to Finke and Stark, the American church adopted a consumer-driven model because the First Amendment prohibited state-sanctioned religion.” I think the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is an ally of Christianity. To understand my view, simply research the number of Christians in countries, such as Australia, the United Kingdom, and Italy, where a form of Christianity is the “state-sanctioned religion.”