The annual newspaper supplement full of Easter church ads was today. Some are fine, but some seem to have little to do with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus:
Good Friday - Fish Fry
Easter Vigil Saturday - Dyeing Party and Picnic for Children of all ages
A Rock Music Tribute to Jesus Christ...with food, trivia & prizes!
Easter Sunday -
FREE Cotton Candy for all!
Butterfly release and Easter Egg Hunt
Each of those lines is an actual line from a church ad. I suppose there's nothing specifically wrong with any of the things advertised, and each of them COULD be done to the glory of God, but something tells me that the churches are desperate to get people--ANY people--inside their doors. The back page of the supplement is a color ad for one of the largest churches. It tells me they've saved a seat for me. It tells me of their 17 services spread over 5 locations, but says nothing of Jesus.
The Apostle Paul said, "I delivered to you as of first importance that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried, that he was raised the third day according to the scriptures..." (1 Corinthians 15)
My friends, the world can do just as good a job as the church if what you're after is fish fries and cotton candy and eggstravaganzas. The uniqueness of the church is that it can present Jesus, the only Savior. If the church (the salt of the earth) loses its saltiness, it's no longer good for anything but to be trodden under foot.
Thank God for the faithful churcheb. Pray that more will see the sharp distinction between communicating to this culture and conforming to this culture.