The Christian Church simply cannot compete with Starbucks. Likewise, we cannot compete with bars, casinos, clubs, lounges, theaters, restaurants, amusement parks, or arcades. We will lose every single time.
Now, the good news is: we aren’t in competition with coffee houses or casinos. Companies like Starbucks and Dave and Busters exist solely to provide the consumer with entertainment and luxury. They will do whatever the customer demands to maximize their own profits and we cannot compete with that. Fortunately, that is not the purpose of the church so we really don’t have to worry too much about what they’re doing.
However, there is some bad news: it seems as if the Church is trying to compete with the secular world. We want to be younger, more hip, and more relevant to the millennial generation and we will do whatever possible to rope them in.
Before I go on, I have no problem with churches offering coffee on Sunday mornings and encouraging fellowship before their service. Having movie nights, game nights, family outings, dinners, community yard sales, etc is a great way to reach out to your community. That’s not a bad idea. However, it’s all icing on the cake…
If all I wanted was a good cup of coffee, I wouldn’t go to church to get it. I would go to Starbucks or Panera or any of a million different places that sell coffee. If all I wanted was to watch a movie, frankly, I’d stay home and watch Netflix. Are you getting where I’m going here? Having coffee or good music or movie nights isn’t enough.
We have to examine the purpose of the church. The book of Acts gives us an answer.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42 ESV
Church should be a place for us to learn and fellowship with other believers. We should pray together, worship together, and take communion together. Further more, Christ should be the Cornerstone of our Church (Ephesians 2:19-22). If Christ isn’t the focus and the foundation, one must ask: what is? It seems as if Jesus has just become an after-thought in today’s church. Friends, that should not be so.
It’s no secret that the American Church is facing some trouble. Just read this article – (CLICK ME). But let me assure you, no amount of coffee, movies, or special theatrical effects will fix that. We need to heal the church at the core. And how do we do that? Perhaps we could stick to God’s design for the church, spelled out clearly in Scripture, and not worry so much about coffee. Let that be, as I said, the icing on the cake.
SO, let me here your thoughts. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know!
Take care and God bless