Pastors often say Monday is the hardest day of the week. They feel tired and spent, sometimes beating themselves up over Sunday. However, if you examined the Facebook and Twitter statuses of some church leaders on Monday morning, you would get the opposite impression. Status updates regularly proclaim that the previous Sunday's service was "awesome," "special," and "amazing." The music was "off the charts," and the preacher "killed it . . . as usual."Read the rest.
Not that we expect anything else. In the days leading up to Sunday we read many promises over social media about how Sunday is going to be "awesome," "the best Sunday ever," "not to be missed."
Pulling the lens back even more, e-newsletters and annual reports of various churches confirm the awesomeness of their ministries and the huge influence God is giving them. There is a never a down week, month, year. Everything the church does is clearly blessed and a sign that God is with them.
Maybe all of what's being said is true. Perhaps many churches out there are indeed on the cusp of confirming the postmillennial view and will soon usher in the kingdom of God. Or perhaps many churches (myself included) have fallen prey to a culture that encourages us to constantly promote and market ourselves in grandiose ways.
Monday, August 26, 2013