Michael Yaconelli writes, "Let's--all of us--decide to stop trying to convince the world that Christianity is true because Jesus makes us prettier, happier, thinner, wealthier, bigger, more successful, more popular, healthier, stronger, and more influential than everyone else. Do we actually believe that the world is impressed with our fancy new churches, 12,000 in Sunday School, five services each morning, the "millions" who are watching on television, converted beauty queens and professional athletes, our book sales, or our crusades? The world is laughing at us--mocking us and the Jesus we supposedly are serving."
Strong, strong words.
What are we "out for" as followers of Christ at our church?
To be the "best known" church in the city? To have "big numbers"? "To build bigger buildings."
That all may come, but I would suggest that the thing we are "out for" as Christians is simply to live the Christian faith on a daily basis.
To be Christ. To act like Christ. To communicate with Christ. To love Christ. To become so like Christ that the world will stop laughing and start opening up their hearts and minds to what we have - Christ.