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Monday, April 11, 2011

Fake Seems to Work Too

Each night in Las Vegas my wife and I walked somewhere. The hotels were absolutely amazing. The fake stuff was pretty impressive too. We saw a fake volcano, a fake Statue of Liberty, a fake Sphinx and a lot of fake Elvis Presleys. People didn't seem to mind. They stopped to watch the fake volcano fake an eruption. They videoed the whole thing and oohed and aahed when the fake magma flowed down the fake mountain. I guess it doesn't matter if it isn't real. I just has to be impressive.

Recently someone told me that his daughter and son-in-law were changing churches. They said the church they had been members of made worship a big production. They didn't feel as if it was genuine any more. They didn't want fake worship. I suppose they are in the minority since this church had obviously decided to go "Las Vegas." Many people must want worship to be a production. Fake seems to work better than real.

Think about it. Do you really believe that the "reality shows" have anything to do with reality? Don't you suppose that they have some contrived drama in them? Do you really believe that it is really about people acting as if they are not being filmed? Or, do you that people who know they are being watched act differently?

However, people watch these shows with a passion. Fake seems to work in attracting people. It seems to all be in the presentation.

So, I am trying to decide. Should I get a dummy, learn to be a ventriloquist and preach my sermons through the dummy? Or, should I learn to balance myself on a high wire and sit in a chair balance on a high wire above the congregation's heads while delivering a sermon?

What do you think? Do think God will care as long as it brings a crowd?

Isaiah 1:12-13 (ESV)
12 “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? 13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.

1 comment:

Brenda Susan said...

Fake stuff attracts fake believers. Maybe it is time to stop thinking that a crowd is the purpose of church?