Must the Show Go On?

6 03 2008

clown_balancing_plates_hg_wht_st.gifFor centuries the Church stood solidly against every form of worldly entertainment, recognizing it for what it was—a device for wasting time, a refuge from the disturbing voice of conscience, a scheme to divert attention from moral accountability. For this she got herself abused roundly by the sons of this world. But of late she has become tired of the abuse and has given over the struggle. She appears to have decided that if she cannot conquer the great god Entertainment she may as well join forces with him and make what use she can of his powers. So today we have the astonishing spectacle of millions of dollars being poured into the unholy job of providing earthly entertainment for the so-called sons of heaven. Religious entertainment is in many places rapidly crowding out the serious things of God. Many churches these days have become little more than poor theaters where fifth-rate “producers” peddle their shoddy wares with the full approval of evangelical leaders who can even quote a holy text in defense of their delinquency. And hardly a man dares raise his voice against it. – A. W. Tozer




2 responses

6 03 2008

what can I say to that. Jesus walked this earth caring for the poor and needy. His church spends MEGA bucks on outlandish productions / TV shows / Corporate jets / renting out large venues / flashing wealth all around and the poor just keep dieing of malnutrition and reventable diseases.

Would Jesus partake of this Western Church?

14 04 2008

I was going to say this reminds me of the classic charge against Christianity: that we are superstitious and ignorant, flocking to the devices and baubles of charlatans.

What about the people who crave something other than entertainment? If this is all the world offers, and all the church offers, I think that the culture will starve.

I read an article today about a church that didn’t care about its future. They used a majority of their money/assets/time to do the ministry to which God calls them now. What if the Church really did that…

To God be all glory,
Lisa of Longbourn

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