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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:08:41 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Is the Church About Me? 
 by Stan Mitchell

"For everyone looks out for his own interests, not
those of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 2:21).

In a now famous event, a new church in southern
California took a survey of its community and asked the
immortal question: "What would you like in a church?"
The result today is a mega-church of thousands, where
everything is done -- from the style of worship to the
architecture of their building -- to please the fondest
desires of the community.

So what do you want in a church?

Youth programs? Friendliness? An opportunity to serve?
The likeability of the preacher? Doctrines that are
compatible with your personal world view? A church that
doesn't ask you to change a thing?

Not all of these considerations are entirely bad, but
frankly, it troubles me to think that the most
important decision you will ever make -- your eternal
destiny -- is made on the same basis as an afternoon at
the shopping mall. The creativity of the window display
and friendliness of the saleslady may be fine as
criteria for buying an earring, but surely our
spiritual decisions should be based on something more
profound!

Is doing church about what I like? Are my preferences
and tastes relevant? Is it about me at all?

Lost in the translation of selfish desires is this
question: What does Jesus Christ want in a church?

Once we've determined that, the decision is made!

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