What prompted this post originally was the wave of statistics about the high percentage of teens who leave the church after graduating high school (some to return years later and some to never return at all). This started me on the thought process of us being so worried about running people off that our methods of not running people off were, in fact, running people off. Got it?
So, here are a few more thoughts.
We typically say things now along the lines of "ALL you have to do is____"
We ask for nothing, we will never ask you to participate! We promise not to enlist your help! We guarantee a no toes stepped on message! We want you to always be comfortable here!
So, what did Jesus usually tell people when they wanted to follow him around?
"Sure man, no problem, sell everything you own, walk away from your job, your friends, your mom, your dad, your wife, your kids, don't even say goodbye, don't you dare look back, oh, and go ahead and strap that electric chair to your back and let's get going"
Does that sound like "ALL you have to do is_____!"
What about any of the following:
How does what Jesus said compare to what we say?
(part III to come...)