Pastor’s Pen: Go ahead, rock the boat
Comfortable, predictable, and safe are words that could be used to describe someone sitting in a boat in stagnant water.
You know exactly where to sit. You know exactly whose with you.
You know exactly how far from shore you are.
You won’t get seasick because the boat isn’t rocking around.
The same thing that happened in the boat an hour ago is the same thing happening now – nothing.
Comfortable, predictable, and safe are words that could be used to describe someone sitting in a church. You sit in the same pew. You know exactly whose there and that they’re “good” people. You know exactly how the service will go. You know if you come to a Bible study or fellowship time that there will be no surprises. You won’t get nervous because the church doesn’t get ruffled.
The same thing that happened fifty years ago is the same thing that is happening now – nothing.
The fact is that nobody wants to sit forever in a boat in stagnant water. It’s boring, lifeless, and eventually the water starts to stink and the mosquitoes suck the life-blood right out of you.
Everyone wants a boat with movement – whether a cruise ship or a speed boat.
They want it to go somewhere and, as far as most of us guys are concerned, we want it to go fast and be a surprising adventure.
The fact is also true that nobody wants to sit forever in a church that is stagnant. It’s boring, lifeless, and eventually it stinks and sucks the adventurous spirit right out of you. Everyone wants a church with movement. They want to go somewhere, and, as far as most of us guys are concerned, we want to get there now with some fun and adventure thrown in.
We want hands-on activity, teaching that excites us, worship that isn’t all romantic love songs, and ministry that goes outside the church MOST of the time and not once in a while. We don’t want it to always be safe and predictable. We want to push for new heights, “expand our territory” and enjoy the abundant life Christ promised.
The fact is that most of our churches are not pushing forward, but sitting safely in stagnant water.
Don’t let the boat sit there a moment longer.
Start the motor … live the adventure … rock the boat.