I enjoy keeping up with the latest trends and happenings in the business world for two reasons. One, I work in a bank, and I desire to be able to relate to our customers about what is happening in the stock market, small business, and and the local economy. The other reason is I like to be able to assit my wife with her business. Another thing I enjoy reading about and discussing is church growth. My degree from seminary was in church growth, and I enjoy reading about all the latest tends and issues concerning the church. I enjoyed writing this post because it relates two things together that I love discussing: the business world and the church.
I am sure some you still see some of these in your town, a burgondy red building with an outline of letters where the sing used to be. The place I am describing to you is Circuit City. Once the Mecca of appliance stores and premuim electronics is now long gone. You could call them a victim of recent ecenomic times, but the recent recession was merely a nail in the coffin. As a company they had been strugglinh for years trying to keep up with the new big kids in the block: Best Buy and Amazon. They tried everything they could to keep up, but it was too little too late.
Circuit City had failed because they failed to be relevant. The church for the last few decades has been struggling to try and keep up with changing times. Some have done an excellent job of keeping up with the world around us, and they are reaching many for Christ. Others have stayed behind the pack wondering why no one is hearing the message.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 ESV
There is a temptation to embrace old ideas that at one time worked, but over the course of time failed to reach a lost world. Another temptation is to embrace a doctrine that at one time seemed to be the next and greatest thing every, but does not come even close to matching the message of the gospel. Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer wrote:
We can chose the kind of change that advances the kingdom of God into our world, or we can retreat into a subculture that attempts to insulate us from the world.1
We can either be like Circuit City and allow Best Buy and Amazon to dominate us to death, or we can strive for the church to be the main source of change in our world today. The gospel will never be outdated, but if we do not allow our deliever of it to keep up with our world, then they will not hear it.
1from Transformational Church
-Joe away from home