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Baby Mama or Bride?

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Our friend, Matt Marino (of "Cool Church" fame), has written another great post on the church: The Church is Christ's Bride, Not His Baby Mama. Here's a preview:
In case you are not up to speed on the last decade’s slang, a baby mama is someone with whom you made a baby, but have no commitment to and little contact with.  In other words, someone objectified, used, abandoned, and now mocked for being dumb enough to think the guy would actually be faithful to her.

If you are a Christian does that remind you of anything?

I hear similar attitudes towards the church expressed in Starbucks every week. People waxing eloquent about how into ‘Jesus’ and ‘spirituality’ they are, but not so much ‘religion’ or the ‘Church.’ It is why 24 million people watched Jefferson Bethke’s spoken word video “Why I hate religion but love Jesus” last year.

I am most amazed when I see Christian leaders encouraging people to use the church as their ‘baby mama’ –  for their own desires and preferences, and when she no longer ‘does it for me’ to ditch her for a younger, sexier model. What I am whining about exactly? Here are a few examples:

  • Checking to see if the “good preacher” is on before going.

  • Having one church for worship, one for small groups, and one for preaching.

  • Changing churches because you just aren’t “feeling it” anymore.

  • Driving so far across town for a church you like that your unchurched friends would never think of coming with you.

  • Picking your church, not on beliefs, but simply because your friends all go there.

  • Criticizing the church you didn’t go to from Starbucks on Sunday morning.

I especially felt the sting of, "Driving so far across town for a church you like that your unchurched friends would never think of coming with you." You will find the rest of Matt's post equally discomforting, but necessary even for Reformation Christians who can be guilty of the same consumerist mindset that plagues our evangelical friends.

Read the rest of Matt's post here.

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  • Guest - Jane

    o those rascally people....

    So the protest-ant Reformation churches (35,000) finds themselves in the same condition that it accused the Catholic Church.

    God did establish and will maintain His one true Church through all our misdeeds because He is able to do more than we can ever imagine and He is that authority. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of ALL.

    God is accomplishing amazing, astonishing things in the Catholic Church. Give yourself an opportunity to check out www.ewtn.com, www.catholic.com or call Catholic answers radio show and talk to wonderful Catholic apologists Patrick Madrid, Patrick Coffin or Al Kresta. There are many voices in the Church so listen for the faithful voice of those following God faithfully.

    John 17 Jesus prays that we would be one so the world would know that God sent Jesus to save. The flip side is that our divisions will cause the world to ridicule God. Let's be part of the solution not the problem.


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  • Hi Jane, I didn't see that you had posted your comment here as well. I wish I would have seen this sooner, we could have had our dialogue in the more public setting of TWHI. My bad!

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