Nobody goes to church anymore, and/or is excited about God. Ok, some of us do/are sometimes but the majority of Americans are most times doing something else. Maybe God is boring?
Let's start with SUNDAYS: You could spend several hours sitting on the 50 yard line cheering your team as they play their hated rivals on a beautiful fall day doubly blessed with vendors who for a few dollars deliver to you your favorite snacks and beverages.
IN CONTRAST.. You could spend several hours sitting on a hard wooden pew in church singing a hymn or three, listening to a sermon where the vendors are replaced with ushers who also take your money but there is NO FOOD FOR YOU!.. Advantage.. FOOTBALL
Next, Food Glorious Food: The world offers wonderful dining opporunities of all cuisines whether you dine out, drive through, or have your meal delivered right to your door. IN CONTRAST.. the church offers potluck dinners where there are more ways to fix a macaroni cassarole/hotdish than there are stars in the sky. Advantage: Dining out
Kim Kardashian v Mother Theresa: Reality TV Superstar Kim has over 20 million twitter followers. IN CONTRAST.. Mother Theresa ran hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens, dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counselling programs; orphanages, and schools... BUT still no Twitter followers. So based on Twitter stats.. Advantage: Kim
Truth: The bible teaches God's never changing loving truth for mankind, and there is but one God. IN CONTRAST.. Society teaches truth is a relative state of being for progressive thinkers. Our world is polytheistic where there are many ways to find god and/or truth. Based on the appearance of inclusivness.. Advantage: Society
Cosmology v Theology: Cosmology is the science of the origin and development of the universe. With an annual budget for space exploration of around $18 billion in the US, Resources like the images from the Hubble Telescope are used to support their studies. IN CONTRAST.. Theology is the study of the nature of God and religious belief. Of course there is no annual US budget on Theology. Resources like the bible are used to support these studies. If money means anything.. Advantage: NASA
The above examples are both absurd but with a thread of truth. How can the church compete with the glitz & glam, the look & presentation, and budget found in our 24/7 self serve society?
What if part of the next year's $18 billion NASA budget was spent on understanding our creator rather than His creation? What if our very broken society honored the Truth of our bibles? What if we quit following the vanity tweets of Kim Kardashian, but instead emulated the selfless work of Mother Theresa? What if on Sunday we honored God with our worship with more passion than we show the Super Bowl?
God is not boring, but the little box we attempt to put him in is. What if there was a spiritual revival of our nation where we pursue God like a spiritual Hubble Telescope? I know one thing.. we would not be bored.
May God bless each of us today free from society's buffet for the senses, but instead pursue what is important. To love God and care for others (God's two greatest commandments Mt 22:36-40) is anything but boring!
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson