Faddism, Consumerism, and Christianity

What do Nokia (the Phone company), Blockbuster (the Video Rental store), Kodak (the film company), and Pan Am (the airline) have in common? They are all out of business. They have all been replaced by better companies that offered better things. This happened because they forgot to watch their customers and change with the times. Nokia was the only phone to have in 1999, and was even in the movie The Matrix. A Finnish company, Nokia employed 100,000 people in 120 companies and annually made $30 billion. What happened? Something better came along – the iPhone. When Apple presented its phone Nokia did nothing – and lost everything. They ignored their customers.

 

Too many Christians look at the Gospel as if it is a phone, a rental store, a film company, or an airline. Over the years I’ve seen fads in Christianity come and go. I remember when “The Purpose Driven Church” came out, and pastors that I knew told me how they were going to do “Forty Days of Purpose” drives to build their Church. They expected their small Churches to suddenly mega-Church because of this magic formula. The truth is, the pastors I know actually shrunk their flocks by scaring them to death, by introducing odd and non-traditional methods into the assembly. Many Christians just went somewhere else.

 

God created the Gospel. There is no substitute or better way to save someone but by presenting God’s Gospel. There is no magic pill nor strange formula. There are no competitors to the Gospel. Want to grow the Church? Are you ready? Get and pencil and write this down.

 

Go and tell someone what Jesus did for you.

 

Got it? That’s it. That’s the Gospel. If God has saved you, if God has been good to you, go tell someone. Tell them how you were saved. Tell them about Grace. Tell them. Tell your family. Tell your friends. Just tell them. And live like you love Jesus. Do what He says, and tell others. This never goes out of style. Steve Jobs and Apple will not put the Gospel out of business. The only thing that puts the Gospel out of business is Christians not doing what Jesus said do. Tell them.

 

Do it today.

About bibleteacherorg

A searching pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. I am looking for the Church. Most of what I see today is not the Church, but clubs, where members sit in padded pews and drink deeply of self. I am looking for a people willing to be righteous not self righteous, serving not served, In short, I am looking and praying for a people who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. I hope I find this people before it's too late.
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