Random observation…

November 7, 2009 in Sovereign Grace Ministries

People send me stuff.

Thought-provoking stuff.

The other day, someone – an individual who is still part of a Sovereign Grace church but is having serious questions about some things he’s observing in the organization – emailed me this:

Kris,

I was reading the Signs You May Be Covering For A Pastor Who Abuses The Flock Spiritually article.  I especially noticed #19.

19.  You don’t like to admit it, but you often spend more time thinking (whether positively, negatively or both) about your pastor or leaders than you do about God.

I would like to add the word “church” to #19 because I’ve noticed that my friends from my SG church talk a LOT about their church.

This is very noticeable if I go to my Facebook and look at their status updates.  It is very common for my SG friends to make mention of their church in their status updates.

I have other Christian friends who don’t attend my SG church.  I’ve noticed that most of them rarely mention their churches in their status updates.  My SG friends, on the other hand, say something church-related all the time.

I am beginning to think that this is a sign of an unhealthy emphasis.  I’d be interested in hearing your opinion.

It was a rather timely email, as I happened to be having a conversation with another of my correspondents about this very same thing.  This other correspondent had actually copied and pasted several of her friends’ Facebook status updates into an email and sent them to me.  When read in quick succession, I had to agree that these updates all started to sound pretty bizarre…as though SGMers on Facebook were mindless drones whose only real passion was to use Facebook to lure more people into joining SGM.  Here are a couple of samples (note –  these are fictional, but highly similar to actual updates):

Sally Sovereign Grace is SOOOOOO GRATEFUL for her church!  And SOOOOO glad that Sunday went so well!!

Sam Sovereign Grace LOVES his church.  Thank God for Godly pastors.

Out of curiosity, I looked at the status updates of my own Facebook friends, most of whom ARE Christians and ARE involved in churches – just non-SGM churches.  And sure enough, while many of them had mentioned God or Jesus or a particular Bible verse, not a one had gushed about his or her non-SGM church.

I thought this whole thing was rather fascinating.  What do y’all think?

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