HAVE IT YOUR WAY…
Isn’t that what Burger King has been telling us for years?
I like my Whoppers from the BK Lounge simple: lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mayo.
That works with fast food & hamburgers.
It simply doesn’t work in most areas of life.
Some of us live in Burger King families. Whoever the Burger King is in your family, everyone else sacrifices so that they can have it their way. That means there’s husbands, wives, and kids who NEVER have something that might be meaningful to them.
As silly as that sounds, there’s a lot of us that go to church with this same attitude.
We want to be the Burger King at church. We want to have it our way.
Here are few different Burger Kings I’ve ran into at church:
- Praise & Worship Lady – This lady always wants different songs sang during the worship part of a church service. If you sing a modern song, she wanted a hymn. If it was an up-tempo song, she wanted something slower and reflective. This lady thinks that corporate worship should work like iTunes or the radio… it should always hit the spot (by the spot… I mean her spot).
- Feed Me Guy – This guy wants to hear more of the word. He loves preaching. He downloads podcasts and listens to all the great guys from all over the nation. He really likes to say “Amen”, which is nice… sometimes. This guy always wants the messages to be a little longer, to be a little ‘deeper’, and use a lot more scripture. He just wants to be fed.
- ADHD Parents – These parents love their kids. I mean… THEY LOVE THEIR KIDS (capitalized for emphasis). They show up with T-shirts that have pictures of their kids faces on them. The kids show up with helmets and leashes. These parents want something powerful and meaningful for their kids. Other programs haven’t been relevant enough, engaging enough, or fun enough! They know, because they’ve dragged their kids to about 10 churches in the last several years.
Now, I’m not talking about anyone specifically here (disclaimer), but these are attitudes I’ve seen time and time again. The problem with all of them is simple: in their perspective, the “me” is greater than the “we”, and Church is always about the “we”. If you have it your way, that means there’s an awful lot of folks that won’t have it theirs.
Here’s how to fix this: try acting like Jesus when it comes to our engagement in our churches!
That’s exactly what the scriptures teach us:
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:5-7)
A church isn’t effective if it’s ran like a Burger King, because we can’t, not any of us, have it our way.
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