Church Porn

  Sometime ago, I sat in a church staff meeting where the pastor told all of us that we had to begin thinking like we were a church of 600.  He said, very boldly, that within the year we should have 600 people in our church.  That was the goal.  That was the thing to fix our eyes on.  That was the number that should guide our thoughts and actions.

The problem, of course, was that we had about 150 people in our church community.

I felt very uneasy about the meeting.  We never did reach that “goal”.

I have found that a lot of pastors are addicted to porn.

Not the pornography you are thinking of, but porn all the same.

Pornography can be described as images used to arouse excitement.   Porn is what happens when we neglect what is real, and lust after something else.  And for that reason, I believe the church has a porn problem.

When we lust after the 600, and become dissatisfied with the 150, that is porn.

Just like the real porn industry, there are many books and conference designed to get pastors (and others) to lust after being like other churches.  The problem is that when we lust after being “fill in the blank” church, we are not being faithful to the real church we are part of.

It is my prayer that we would be faithful to the real church.

The church that actually exists, and to which we have been called.

The church that we are an integral part of.

The church that Jesus loves, and is beautiful in his sight.

Pornography never satisfies.   I am certain that if we did grow to 600, the new number would have been 1,000.  That is what porn does.  It is never content.  Its lust is never satisfied.

Pornography hurts the “real” church.  Lusting after the bigger/better church makes the real church feel inadequate.  Not good enough.  Pastors can begin to despise the 150, and become captivated by the 600.  It is unfaithfulness… and it hurts.

Water Your Lawn.  “If the grass looks greener on the other side, water your lawn.”  Invest in the community God has given you, and it will satisfy. Love the 150 real people; Don’t lust after the 600 imaginary people.

1 Comment

  1. Dan October 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I was asked a great question on this post:

    What about goals? Becoming a better person? Parent? Spouse? Jesus-follower? Is it wrong to be “driven”?

    What do you think:

    What is the differences between “goals” and “lusts”?


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