Consumer Driven pt. 2
Last time we considered society's consumeristic view of the church and the subtle danger that poses. Today, consider the next step, when consumerism actually comes to church. This is when those in the body begin to view the church as a purveyor of religious goods. The results can include everything from a very shallow level of commitment to the development of individualistic spiritualities. When consumerism comes to church it can look like a Burger King mentality - "I'll have it my way!"
A consumeristic mindset can lead to disunity in the church. As consumers we expect perfection. We will cast aside a product we've used for years when a 'new and improved' version hits the market. We will change our buying habits when we've had a less-than-perfect experience. If we allow ourselves to view the church as nothing more than a purveyor of religious goods, there will always be a new and improved version, or a more perfect experience to be had.
The church is the body of Christ, not a retailer. Commitment is important. Each part of the whole plays a crucial role. Consider 1 Corinthians 12 again. Supreme effort needs to go into the relationships in the church. Diligence needs to be given to reconciliation - for the health of the body - much more an organism than an organization.