Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

This is reason #4 while people are leaving the church according to John Pavlovitz: THE CHURCH CHOOSES LOUSY BATTLES

We know you like to fight, Church. That’s obvious.

When you want to, you can go to war with the best of them. The problem is, your battles are too darn small. Fast food protests, hobby store outrage, and duck-calling Reality TV show campaigns may manufacture some urgency and Twitter activity on the inside for the already-convinced, but they’re paper tigers to people out here with bloody boots on the ground.

Every day we see a world suffocated by poverty, and racism, and violence, and bigotry, and hunger; and in the face of that stuff, you get awfully, frighteningly quiet. We wish you were as courageous in those fights, because then we’d feel like coming alongside you; then we’d feel like going to war with you.

Church, we need you to stop being warmongers with the trivial, and pacifists in the face of the terrible.

This is one of my laments for my own church — sometimes the local church but more often the global church. We fight over a lot. And a lot of it has very little bearing on how we deal with the world in front of us.

That said, John’s article is good. His other reasons people leave the church:

  • Your Sunday productions have worn thin
  • You speak in a foreign tongue
  • Your vision can’t see past the building
  • Your love doesn’t look like love

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