Okay, I saw the weirdest thing today for a Canadian boy on the road. Remember, I come from a country where 85% of people don’t go to church and the other 15% lie (okay, well, I still don’t believe 15% actually go to church).
Toni and I went to Buckhead Church this morning (awesome service!!), which is in the Buckhead neighbourhood of uptown Atlanta. I saw the most disorienting thing. The line up of cars to get into the Buckhead parking lot went on for a block, which was cool. I’ve seen that kind of thing before at North Point, Willow Creek, Kensington and other great ministries I’ve been to on Sundays (a few times over the years it even happened in our neighbourhood). But Buckhead is not a suburban church on 100 acres of land. It’s urban. There are other buildings and shopping malls and stores all around it.
As Toni and left Buckhead church this morning, here’s what killed me — the rest of the streets were empty. The mall parking lots were empty (even though the stores were open). The MAIN thing happening Sunday morning was that people were gathering to worship God in a relevant environment – and they were inviting their friends. (Buckhead has ton of people who didn’t used to go to church.)
I dream of that day in my country. Malls empty. Churches full. People being sucked out of the malls and beaches (and hockey rinks) to experience the life change that only Jesus brings. God, bring it on!