I have been told that there are over three hundred thousand churches in the these United States of America.
I find that a bit odd. I mean take a look at the condition of our society as a whole. Sex and violence permeates every place you look. You can’t even drive down the highway without seeing a billboard selling sex. Well… of course they say they are selling cars, vacations, sun tan lotion, etc.. However, the means by which their message is transmitted is through a picture of some scantily clad woman. Even (or especially) if you pick up a magazine it’s the same thing there as well. I was waiting in an area for to go orders in a restaurant a while back and one of the wait staff had the latest copy of Cosmopolitan laying there. So I picked it up and began to thumb through it. Wow, some of the advertisements in that magazine didn’t leave much to the imagination. And if you want to know what the latest sexual craze or dysfunction in your own life is just answer “these questions” to see where you fit in with the rest of the sexually charged people who have participated. Now I’m not picking on “Cosmo” for I am sure if you pick up a mechanics magazine you will find the same thing… to some degree.
Over three hundred thousand churches and we who call ourselves “Believers” can not seem to make an impact in our own family, much less our own community.
Okay then let’s look at what season it is. Well, now baseball season is drawing to a close and football season is ramping up.
How many hundreds of thousands of baseball and football fans do you think there are? How many stadiums are there? Not nearly three hundred thousand stadiums that’s for sure.
Yet these zealots will arrange their lives around their favorite team. I’m sure we have all seen some of them on television in freezing weather, bare chested, with their team colors painted on their upper torso. Completely sold out for a bunch of guys trying to put the most points on an electronic score board. You see them standing to their feet and cheering at the top of their lungs. GO PELICANS!!! (or whatever the name of their god is at the moment).
Some of these zealots are “sold out” to what ever the current god is. Football season, baseball season, hockey season… it doesn’t really matter what the god of the season is they want a piece of it. They run from god to god trying to fill some void. How sad for them.
I’ll bet the towns who have one of these Franchises in them are thrilled! I mean having a professional athletic Franchise in your town, well that is something to boast about.
Mean while the homeless remain homeless. The poor remain poor. The hungry remain hungry. And of course the “lost” remain “lost”. Just like they do right down the street from the local churches.
I’m sure my pastor did a much better job with the way he spoke today. If you desire you can listen to him free on itunes at www.legacycathedral.org