Jesus was the most culture-challenging, paradigm-shifting, tradition-breaking, change agent who ever lived.
How did his followers become so boring?
Want cutting-edge, society-shifting change? Church is the last place people expect to find it.
Want dry, stuffy, moldy, old traditions and ideas? That may be the very definition of church in many people’s minds.
This is a problem. A big problem. And it’s our fault. We’ve taken the life- and society-transforming message of Jesus and we’ve made it about . . . success.
Trying to maintain that success has made us safe.
Safe is boring.
A Successful Church Is Not Enough
When I look around the church leadership world today, I see a lot of very good, very nice people. People who love Jesus and are doing whatever they can to make a difference. And many of them are making a difference – a much bigger difference than me, that’s for sure.
They fill up churches and even stadiums. They lead people to Jesus. And nothing – absolutely nothing – will ever be more important than that.
But is it wrong for me to feel like there’s something missing?
For example, can you name any Christian leader who has had a recognizable impact on the culture since Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington over 50 years ago? Anyone who inspires anything like the passion King inspires in the hearts of the average person – churchgoer, or not?
Where Are The World-Changing Leaders?
Where are the church leaders who will take up the mantle of, not just successful ministry, but life- and society-transformation?
I’m not talking about name recognition. I’m talking about leaders with such a radically positive approach to the life and message of Jesus that they have a society-shifting impact.
Where are the Christian innovators who will put a dangerous passion for Jesus ahead of personal ministry success?
I’m not upset at anyone. I just want more.
I pray for an infusion of Godly change agents who won’t just transform the institutional church, but make the world stand up and take notice. Or, more likely, change the world and leave the institutional church playing catch-up.
That won’t happen by screaming on Facebook about whatever sin happens to be trending this week. That’s been done. That’s being done. The world yawns at the self-proclaimed faith-defenders – if they even care enough to be bored by them.