Faith is not entertainment

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Entertainment is big business, but it is not the business of the church.

One of the lines that defined the youthful angst of my consumer generation came from Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit where Kurt Cobain sings with that raw and guttural voice, “Here we are now, entertain us.” It is a confession that still gives voice to the antagonism of authentic faith.

In a culture that is overexposed and addicted to consumption, faith has suffered. The few have become responsible for feeding the many. The gathering place has become less of a place to share our gifts, and rather a place to devour the talents of others. It was intended to be a place meant to develop faith, however, it has become in many parts, a place to live off the faith of others.

Every commercial or point of advertising constantly reminds me what they have is newer, faster, and cooler than what I have. At almost every point of culture, I’m being sold something.  The way we live and think is being transformed often without notice by the advertising around us. At times, our lives have no greater purpose or meaning than to make that next purchase.  Our identity is no longer what we consume, but that we consume. This mentality is then transferred and projected into our view of faith and spirituality. The conversation concerning church has been reduced beyond ‘what am I being fed?’ to  simply ‘am I being fed?’

 

We want to welcome you.  Come be a part of something greater.

Faith is more than entertainment. Faith is about being connected to something greater than yourself. It’s about being connected to God, and those around you, and those that came before you. Faith is about living for something greater than trends. It’s about having a purpose greater than to consume. It is to create, to serve, and to love. Maturity is displayed in greater contribution, not in greater consumption.