I've begun reading (finally) Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson. I no sooner get five pages into it and one of the most profound statements and I believe logical statements I've ever read smacks me square in the face. Mark talks about spending time in the Galapagos Islands and seeing so many animals in their natural habitat. And upon returning home they go and visit the zoo and see what happens when animals get caged up.
It was then he goes on to say "I wonder if churches do to people what zoos do to animals." He continues saying that, "Too often we take people out of their natural habitat and try to tame them in the name of Christ."
I've been struggling these past few months, in large part because of my reading Pagan Christianity, of how we do church. There are some highlights for the most part, but at the end of the day reaching the lost requires us to go to their natural habitat, not expect them to come spend time in ours.
Jesus lived his life this way. He spent time at wedding parties, eating dinner with tax collectors, and just on hillsides teaching them. I think there are a lot of us, myself included, spend too much time in our Christian bubble.
Its time we look at how we are doing church and ask ourselves have we become to tame and too domesticated that we no long fit in the natural habitat where the lost spend their lives.