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Church – unlike business, isn’t into people-pleasing

The renovation of Macy’s flagship store in New York began in 2012, won’t be finished until 2015 and will cost 400 million dollars to complete.  The always-popular holiday window displays have consistently drawn large crowds.

What was noteworthy wasn’t the 24,000 square foot cosmetics and fragrance department, with complimentary additions.  Women love to look and smell good—and men have no objections to either.  But do women really need “the world’s largest shoe floor”, spanning 63,000 square feet and stocking over 250,000 pairs of shoes?  Shades of Imelda Marcos!  (San Diego Union-Tribune, 12/8/14)

Well, business—even Macy’s—has to appeal to customers to gain an economic advantage.  It fashions and refashions itself to be POPULAR with people.

A mistake church leaders shouldn’t have made, shouldn’t make, and should immediately stop making.  God sent Jesus Christ as Savior to save us from our sin.  We cannot be awakened to our need of forgiveness unless we confront our sinfulness and repent of our wayward ways.  The church, then, is in the People-saving business, not the People-pleasing business.  Though more than a few churches have adopted the business model for their congregations:  klieg lights, flashing brilliant colors, specious stages, over which various musical instruments create loud sounds over microphones that blast listeners’ ears.  Then homilies (that once were sermons) on subjects that APPEAL to, not DISTURB, listeners.

Whatever happened to the teaching Jesus Christ made the basis of discipleship:  “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me?”  (Matthew 16:24)  And whatever happened to the Master’s tough, no-nonsense preaching that his servants must resist temptation, forgive those who harm them, pray like the abused, but persistent widow?  And many other teachings that make us uncomfortable!