I’ve been sick for the last four days, the kind of sick where I’m watching Ellen and Oprah because I can’t be upright long enough to put in a DVD without getting dizzy. So this makes four times in the last month I’ve heard people, either in person or on the television say “I didn’t/don’t go to church to be changed, I don’t come to church to be challenged.”
I think the best one was the preacher at a friend’s church who started his sermon saying, “I’ve always wanted to preach a sermon that got me arrested afterwards.”
His sermon went on to talk about New Year’s Resolutions, and he kept making jokes about his wife. The laughter was strained, and his wife wasn’t in the building. I wanted to smack him in her defense. Of course, that would have gotten *me* arrested, but nothing he said was the least bit shocking, nor did it challenge any authorities or preconceptions.
If you’re not at church expecting to be changed or challenged, if you’re not being changed and challenged at church, why are you there? I mean, the country club keeps the same hours and serves alcohol.