Becky has been asking in her blog 'What is the church'. And I guess many of us, including the Emerging Church movement, are asking that question. What does the church look like in the third millenium? Then Becky said this in a comment on my previous post: we wouldn't need to sell Jesus nor would we need to entertain people to come and find its Master. Please read it to get the full context!
But she did put her finger on something for me. Why are we entertaining people? Is this generation so shallow?
Actually, I do understand that we draw people by appealing to them and entertainment appeals to them, so we do it.
But I appreciate the 'emperor has no clothes' pointing out that Becky has done here. We need to make sure that the drawing of people to the church is not an end in itself.
But sometimes, especially in a small church, that is all we have energy for. Or perhaps there is a little left over for mission.
We need to get to the point where people are drawn to the church because they see the value of its mission and want to take part in it.
And hopefully that is deeply rooted in Jesus, his love, his saving grace and his empowering Spirit.