If ISIS can attract young people to leave the conveniences of Western civilization to travel to the middle east to live in horrible conditions in the desert - just to blow themselves up - then why can't we grow our churches?
What is ISIS doing that is causing young white kids to leave everything that comes with Western Civilization behind? So far I see three things.
They have a cause, a mission.
They are not trying to make it easy or promising life will be "better". In fact they may loose it.
They fight for what they believe in.
What do we do? We go to a service for couple hours a week.
Churches that fight over little things will never recruit Christian soldiers to fight for what really matters.
Do we make Christianity too easy? The seeker sensitive movement model has obviously failed. Our churches churn through members and the ones who stay don't really stand for anything that would put them at odds with the culture. The church overall is NOT MAKING an impact and we are loosing ground.
Early on in church history, visitors were expelled from the church for communion, as the church was exclusive. During this same era, it tooks years to actually become a Christian and you could be dismissed if you were not faithful in your classes.
The next time a young person is in one of our megachurches and buys a latte, he may start wondering "Is this all there is to Christianity? I want to believe in something that requires my life, not my allowance money."
And this is the exact young person who saves saves his money and buys a ticket to the middle east. Church, we are making this too easy.
Matthew 8:20 (ESV)
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
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