Picture a Race Car Driver who uses regular gasoline instead of high-octane. He’s not going to win. In fact, you’d have some serious questions about this driver. Does he not care about winning? Does he just have no idea? Or is he too cheap to do what it takes to accomplish his goal?
Now picture a church that does something that will impair its ability to accomplish its mission of connecting with people who are far from God and bringing them to Jesus. Maybe you’d have some questions. Do they care about the mission? Do they just have no idea? Or maybe they’re just not willing to do what it takes?
Thought I’d share a few ways I see churches doing things (often small things) that I believe impair its ability to accomplish its mission. Here’s another one:
The pastor is in the middle of a sermon, or maybe a blog post, when he refers to his spouse. He refers to her as “my smoking hot wife.” C’mon, are you serious? Somehow this has become an acceptable and even cool thing to do. It’s beyond absurd. Why not say, “I invite all the guys to check out my wife’s body.” Or, “Just in case it never occurred to you to lust after my wife, I’d like to suggest that to you now.” Or, “Have you seen the piece of meat I’m married to?” Seriously, it’s pretty much the same thing.
I can’t for the life of me figure out why Christians put up with the “my smoking hot wife” comments and even smile at it like it’s cute. But non-Christians? They’re not gonna put up with a pastor objectifying his wife and are going to wonder what the pastor is trying to prove. So if you’re a pastor who does that, just stop. Seriously.