If you’ve been alive and literate for more than 15 minutes, you’ve seen that phrase before.
It’s time to erase it.
Remove it from the T-shirts.
Scrape off the bumper stickers.
Uproot the signage from the front yard.
This message distracts from the church’s real message.
“I Love My Church” is like saying, “I Love Applebee’s”
The response is usually a shrug and a mumbled, “Good for you.”
I know what you’re going to say.
“John, people will ask why I love my church! Then I’ll tell them!”
Of course, you will.
You’ll tell them about the awesome children’s program.
You’ll tell them about the great music.
You’ll tell them your pastor preaches barefoot and is ‘really relatable’.
You’ll tell them nobody will judge them.
You’ll tell them there are 3 convenient service times.
You’ll tell them donuts and coffee are free.
And at the end of your sales pitch, they’ll shrug and mumble, “Good for you.”
But maybe not!
They might leave their current church and visit yours!
If your church offers better amenities, they might stick around awhile.
Until they encounter another “I Love My Church” T-shirt.
It’s taken a couple of generations for us to transform ‘The Church’ into an idol.
But we’ve finally succeeded!
The modern Church blots out the view of the Cross.
We’re happy to tell people about Jesus…
First, we gotta make them feel welcome!
We gotta get em’ in the door!
We gotta let them know they made the right choice on Sunday morning.
“Thanks for joining us! Thanks so very much! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
You don’t actually love your church.
You love your church ‘brand’.
The church is anyone, anywhere who follows Jesus.
That’s not what you were thinking when you put on that T-shirt.