I want to take some time this week and finish this series I started about the church. If the church is the body of Christ, then what kind of shape it is in? Does it really look and act like a real body? In many ways the answer is yes. While I am not going to get to all of them here, I do want to address some of the major points.
Does the church look like a couch potato? Couch potatoes by definition is someone who spend much time sitting or lying down watching TV. Does the church come, watch and leave? Leaving behind a mess of crumbs because it ate everything in sight? I know that seems somewhat gross to embrace, but I've notice that some church services are treated like a TV show. People consume, but they don't respond. They leave during the "commercials", the parts they don't like or don't interest them. If the church doesn't interest them as much as they desire, they just change churches - their version of changing channels.
Much of what churches do today is wrapped up around this consumerism mentality. What they do and how they do it is designed to please the people. The question we have to ask ourselves is, "Does it please God?" Not as easy as it sounds is it? But what pleases God? Jesus said to his disciples when He ascended, "Go and make disciples,..." and "... be my witnesses...". It pleases Him when as a church we are reaching and keeping new people for Him. The world has been told that our passion for evangelism is "over the top" and that all we are about is "numbers". But the truth is our passion is sharing the love of Christ with those who don't know Him. Do does this church look like a couch potato or do we look like the body of Christ doing what it is suppose to be doing?