I was flipping through the paper last night and spotted this:
What? Sleep in and still make it to church? Why, that's the best of both worlds! After all, it's so annoying when Jesus encroaches on our beauty sleep, wouldn't you agree?
Yes, I'm being sarcastic and yes, this church ad grieves me deeply. It encourages the mentality that Jesus is just a side dish to the entreé of your weekend. Would you like fries with that? Only if I'm in the mood for them. Would you like Jesus with that? Only if I feel like it.
This mentality is a blasphemous one, and yet it is startlingly pervasive. It's the same attitude that leaps at the chance to attend a Saturday evening church service so that one may have the entire day on Sunday to do with as one pleases—even sleep in later than 11:30. To my shame, I once possessed a similar mindset. To God's glory, He rescued me from such shallowness.
Ultimately, of course, it is not the day or time that we gather for worship (cf. Rom 14:5, 6), but the attitude and motivation of our hearts as we come to worship our Lord. The attitude displayed in the church ad above is one that exudes a self-satisfying, narcissistic, seeker-driven approach to church, not one that seeks to gather with fellow believers in order to praise and worship Jesus Christ and hear His Word proclaimed.
So, even though it is only Friday, I am already looking forward to Sunday morning (at 9:00 AM). Why sleep in when you can hear the Word proclaimed with faithful boldness? But, until that time, let's all take a few moments to relax and enjoy the week in review (kind of):
- This might have to be tonight's nighttime snack.
- I like my job, but Jesse Duplantis Ministries is looking for a copy editor, so now I'm really torn.
- Robin Williams committed suicide this week.
- I haven't had a chance to listen to this yet, but I'm really looking forward to it. Tom Patton from Grace Community Church teaching on the life of J.C. Ryle.
- There's quite a bit missing from Perry Noble's list of seven things that Newspring Church believes.
- Last week, August 6, would have been Lucille Ball's 103rd birthday. I Love Lucy has always been my favorite show.
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
- LifeWay stores are no longer selling Mark Driscoll's books. Never mind all the other garbage that lines their shelves, though.
- Radically ordinary.
- Is a lie ever white?
- Your grammar lesson for the day.
- This is brokenness and humility. Let us be praying for everyone affected by this situation.
- Matt Chandler likes mystic Ann Voskamp. Don't act surprised.
- Jesus is the door.