On his blog the other day Seth Godin was sharing his displeasure with some advertisers.
“Many marketers are able to sell their wares by making us dissatisfied with what we already have.”
Reading that statement made me think about a question as it relates to the church…
Are we demonstrating such a life, that those on the outside see us and become dissatisfied with their life?
In other words, when people look at us, and compare their lives to ours, does it make them dissatisfied with what they have? Or, are we just playing church charades and pretending to be something we really aren’t. Our lives as true Christ followers MUST make those on the outside dissatisfied.
I can think of several “types” I’ve observed in the “church”, that if I were on the outside, not only would I not be dissatisfied, I would be thankful I wasn’t apart of the church!
1. The Religiouser~ I’m right and you are wrong.
2. The Un-accepter~ I’m clean and you are not.
3. The Complainer~ I know how, they don’t.
4. The Slanderer~ I’m good, they are not.
5. The Judger~ I’m good, you are not.
6. The Perfecter~ I’m doing it right, you are not.
7. The Knower~ I know what’s right, and you do not.
We are called and commanded to be salt and light, to make others thirsty and show them the way to a glorious life in Christ. Many will will come in by observing the selfless, humble, loving and serving hearts of a few. Unfortunately, I fear far more will remain on the outside because what they have looks better than what some are showing.