A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

 

In my work as a web developer, I’ve had to work on a couple church sites. It saddens me though to see how some of the churches acted too. I’m not talking small hillside country churches either. I’m talking about churches that have at least 1,000 people in their congregations.

I know a church needs to have a site with solid presentation to help pull people in, but when you start running a church as if it’s a business and not a House of God, then your church is destined to go under as your priorities aren’t in order.

I say this with Matthew 23 in mind, part of which says:

But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

I’ve seen churches become so negative about how their site works that they don’t even want photos of the preacher in certain outfits because it is ‘unbecoming’ of him.

To quote Jesus from that verse, I say ‘Hypocrites!’. The church is the House of God, it doesn’t matter how you look to the rest of the world, but only how you look to God. If there are pictures of the preacher in nothing but a barrel, so be it…not that I want to see that but still.

It really kind of bothers me to see this has happened on so many occasions where the church is being near anal about how or what their site looks like or the content on it. I realize you should look good to the rest of the world, but the world still needs to see that you care. Don’t be scared to show that your pastor is human. Show him at his worst and that is when he will really shine.

It’s this reason that I likeĀ Liquid Church, and I suggest you check them out. They aren’t afraid to be comfortable. The main pastor is on the stage in jeans half the time. JEANS!! They have many sermons talking about stuff that in the course of my life I haven’t heard before at all. Your perspective of the Bible changes when you suddenly find out the wisest man of the Old Testiment was fondling his wife’s boobs. How many churches do you know that have a sermon listed as ‘Great Sexpectations’ (Podcast Only I Believe) or subtitled ‘What the Bible really has to say about Love, Sex, and the Whole Shebang’. I’ve not known many, and Liquid is at least willing to try.

I’d much much rather attend a church that has sermons of sex and pictures of the pastor in embarrassing moments than attend a church who freaks out and starts fussing because there are pictures of the pastor in a robe instead of a suit. If you’re that worried over your looks to the rest of the world , perhaps you need to first look deeper into how you do things. To quote Jesus again,

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? – Matthew 7:3

If you don’t care enough to be true and honest on the outside, I don’t care enough to be on the inside.

 


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