Sunday Dinner

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Sunday Dinner

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear of people who call themselves Christians, yet never read the Word of God.  It is often these same people who complain that the pastor is not “feeding” them.  They are also the ones who complain that the music is too loud or too soft, too fast or too slow, too contemporary or too old-fashioned.  It seems they are just full of complaints.

My own church has gone through some perilous times in recent years.  The result is that numerous families left.  Of the ones who remained, several continue to voice complaints about things they do not like in the church.

These people do not mind being part of the problem, yet they refuse to become part of the solution.  This problem is not isolated to my own church.  It is pervasive in thousands of churches.

People attend church like it is a restaurant.  They want to place their order, and if things are not to their satisfaction, they will be sure to complain!  They view the pastor as the waiter, serving them, instead of ever lifting a finger themselves to help out in the church.  As if that were not enough, they expect the pastor to spoon feed them!

There are people who listen to the pastor’s message, not to get something out of it, but to nit pick his methods, his choice of topics, his mannerisms, etc.  Over the years, the church has even picked up a very selfish attitude.  We have begun to think that it is all about us.  How selfish of us to ever think that church is all about us!

Our pastor shared a great insight to this mentality.  He is not there to serve us a spiritual dinner every Sunday.  Rather, we should view the preaching of the Word as attending a culinary arts class.  The pastor shares the ingredients, as well as the steps to put it all together.  We are to take it home, make it, and serve it to others.

The next time you go to church, listen to the “recipe” then prepare it for others!

© 2007, Stacy R. Miller

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