3. I Don't Care About Church Mission Statements
When we talk about something, it feels like we've done something. I think that's happened with a lot of church mission statements. We fooled ourselves into thinking that writing about it was as good as doing it.
As I said in Why 'Just Preach the Gospel' Is Naïve, Unbiblical Advice, the gospel is never just about using the right words. It has to be accompanied by right action.
If your church has a phrase that helps people understand what makes your church distinctive and inspires them into mission, great. My church and this blog each have one.
But if your church is healthy with no mission statement but the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, that's okay, too.
4. I Don't Care About Sermon Length
We need to stop arguing about this. There's no ideal sermon length for everyone.
Figure out what needs to be said, then say it in the best way possible.
I'd rather hear an awesome hour-long sermon than a lousy ten-minute one. Or a great ten-minute one than a lousy hour-long one.
5. I Don't Care About How People Dress for Church
Wear a suit and tie, a dress, jeans, a sari, a kilt, short sleeves, long sleeves, tucked-in or untucked.
Dress suitably for your culture and your mission. Cover what needs to be covered and drop the bling. Dressing out of pride or rebellion is as sinful as dressing immodestly.
If you're old-school, quit mourning that we've lowered our standards just because some pastors dress casually. If you're casual, stop telling old-school churches they have to wear skinny jeans to reach their culture.
Leave the fashion shows for the runway. Keep them out of the church lobby – and the pulpit.
6. I Don't Care About the Christian Media Subculture
I will no longer give a pass to poor quality in the media just because it's faith-based.
I only have the time and the patience for quality. Quality that starts with artistic passion and authenticity, not surface-level flash. If that quality comes with a Christian worldview, great.
But I will never again utter the phrase, "well that was pretty good – for a Christian movie."
Jesus didn’t call us to create an environment where Christians can have everything “sanitized for your safety.”
He called us to holiness, grace, love and other very dangerous things.
We can't be the light of the world if we refuse to step outside our Christian subculture bubble. And this world could use a lot more light right now.
Now that's something I do care about.
(For more, read Six Church-and-Culture Issues I Don't Care About Any More.)
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