I'm excited to have a new article up over at Christianity Today's PARSE blog, titled "How Cars Created the Megachurch." Here's an excerpt.
To choose a church at all, then, we tend to turn inward and reflect on our own wants and needs. “What do I really want in a church? What am I looking to get from it?” This strategy isn’t necessarily selfish; it’s practical. But besides being practical, the strategy also becomes habitual. And like any habit, it shapes the kind of people we become.
Well-meaning writers shame us for church hopping and church shopping, and they tell us to “stop dating the church.” But accusing church shoppers of simply being selfish oversimplifies the problem. It places all the blame on the individual. Is this really accurate? Is it constructive? What if selfishness is simply a necessary strategy for reaching decisions in an age of abundance.
The abundance of choices and the absence of limitations is the blessing and the curse of the car. And church shopping may not be a problem of character.
It may just be a problem of cars.
Read the rest here.
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