Soybeans…watch it grow. Seriously?
Not only is the grammar off (isn’t soybeans plural?), but I couldn’t actually imagine how boring my life would have to be to think that sitting by the side of the road watching soybeans grow would be compelling.
Sadly, I wonder if that’s sometimes what the people who don’t attend our churches think of our church as they drive by. How boring would my life have to be to actually go to church? Is there anything compelling that would grab them or draw them in?
I mean what do we put on our signs? Everyone welcome. That’s gripping.
Or for a lot of contemporary church leaders, we like the convey the fact that we’re cool. But can’t you get cool just about anywhere these days? I mean it’s good we’re not complete nerds, but is that honestly what people are looking for?
This sign made me think about what would cause people to drop everything to get in on what’s going on in our communities.
All I could think of was this: love. Love fully expressed in Jesus. Grace, forgiveness, healing, authentic relationship. People are dying for love. You can’t put love on a sign, but you can live it. Express it.
What if people who came in any form of contact with Christians completely felt loved? What would happen? What if we went way beyond the walls of our facilities and loved radically?
It would certainly be more compelling that watching soybeans grow. Or knowing people are welcome. Or that we’re cool.
Love. What do you think would cause people to come running to get in on what God is doing?