Yesterday I posted what was, in my opinion, the most controversial piece I’ve ever written in the relatively short history of my blog.
The response: 2 ‘likes’, no comments.
It shocks me that no-one had anything to say about my assertion that churches should do away with paid staff and pastors, own no property, and receive no tax benefits of any kind. The dearth of commentary suggests at least four possibilities:
- I missed my core readership with the post
- Readers thought I was ‘nuts’ and figured it wasn’t worth their time to comment
- Most of my readers are family, friends, and acquaintances who didn’t have the heart to tell me what a ridiculous, poorly written, and logically corrupt post it was
- People feel apathetic toward the Church
If apathy is the reason people didn’t comment on my radical post (and I suspect it is), that should give everyone in the Church pause. Is the Church so broken that people just don’t care what happens to it anymore? Have our denominations squabbled over doctrine and opinion to the point where people assume there is no Church left to save? Or do people assume that the Church can’t be saved?
When I bring up my concerns about the Church in conversation the most common response I hear by far is some variation of: “There are no perfect churches because there are no perfect people.” Translation: Don’t bother trying to change the system.
Sorry Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., your fight for civil liberty was a waste of time because there are no perfect people.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, I’ve got some bad news for you gentlemen: There are no perfect governments because there are no perfect people. Sorry you wasted your lives on a lost cause.
Hey, Martin Luther, everybody knows there is no perfect Church because there are no perfect people. Please take those theses down from the church door before someone reads them and realizes the survival of the Church depends upon the impetus of radical change, not the decay of apathetic compromise.