I have a strangely passionate fascination with paid programming.
I am so intrigued by the way these people try to sell their products. They give personal testimonies, show the same demonstrations over and over again, act SO excited about this mop that can clean different colored goo stains off the linoleum floor. It’s not that I actually ever want to buy whatever it is they’re selling (trust me, I learned my lesson at a young age. I’m looking at you Rainbow Art); I honestly find the whole process so odd. I just can’t look away.
It frightens me when Christianity begins to sound like paid programming. We “sell” our faith over and over trying to get people to “buy” it, using the same stories and testimonies and Bible verses and songs that have worked in the past because, hey, it’s all about the numbers right, so who cares if what were saying is slightly misconstrued?
Convert now- it’s as simple as 1-2-3!
Recite John 3:16 and Jeremiah 29:11 and you basically understand the entire Bible! Close enough, anyways!
Donate to this far off mission you’ve never heard of but it’s in a different country so it must be extra Christian and trust us, you’ll be so blessed once you do it! (Also, at the same time, God please bless America because we have oh so little.)
How great is our God? We’ll show you in the next 45 minutes of this service or your week will be Christianity free!
It’s tantalizingly simple these days to get fed this religion that never moves forward and can’t change. Well, no. That’s not right. It can change, but it doesn’t. The same people do the same things over and over again, and sure, it attracts a certain group of people just like it always has (people who tend to be exactly the same as the sellers), but it never stretches.
Christianity becomes elitist and synthesized and basically just one ginormous paid programme that convinces people they cannot live a fulfilling life without it.
“Knowing God” doesn’t look the same for everyone, and I don’t think it can. People are too different. And that is okay. Diversity is, believe it or not, a good thing. It’s difficult, but it’s good.
I think Christianity, as a whole, will benefit the day that we realize there is so much more to faith and belief than just what we can see right in front of us. In the words of Frederick Buechner, “The best moments we any of us have as human beings are those moments when for a little while it is possible to escape the squirrel-cage of being me, into the landscape of being us.”