More and more, conversations in the church are focused on declining attendance. Many people will offer their thoughts on “why the church is dying.” Just check the how popular this post is: “Why Nobody Wants to Go to church Anymore.” A clear indication that there is much interest in the reasons why people don’t want to go to church.
Church Decline Means a Problem
Some want to simply dismiss the problem. They look statistics in the face and say, “to hell with your statistics!” They’ll say the church is not dying…and that’s mainly to make themselves feel good. Rather than sound the alarm that something is wrong, some would prefer to ignore declining attendance numbers by using creative theories.
Others, who cannot ignore the reality try to make sense of things. They say the church has taken a hit because there are more minorities entering the Country. Others will say the decline is because technology has advanced and left the church behind. Now, maybe better use of technology should be made, but that can’t be the reason people don’t go to church can it?
There is indeed a leadership crisis. I mean: pastors and priests are doing all sorts of fakery – ungodly acts that are outrageous even outside the church. All one has to do is watch a few episodes of Preachers of L.A. or Thicker Than Water, and you can see the leadership crisis in the church.
Especially here in Florida, there is certainly competition on Sunday. With beaches and sunshine year-round, it’s hard to get folk to come to church. I remember occasions where I was advised that service had to be short because people had football games and other activities to do.
Many of these (along with other suggestions) make sense. Yet, I highly doubt these are the reasons people don’t go to church. For me, the truth about church decline is found in a quote attributed to Mahatma Ghandi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
If the church were a piece of meat it would be green with mold. And, the church could be compared to a piece of meat – for it is the Body of Christ. And so the Body of Christ…the church is green with mold. And this world tastes like crap!
Why is that? Well, I have my reasons…listen and let me know what you think!