This is a great piece of satire, by people who obviously know how “the system” works:
(h/t Jonathan Brink)
“That’s too funny!” I say.
Kay, after laughing says, “That’s not funny anymore.”
“Why not?” the kids ask.
“Because it’s too close,” she replies.
“Kids,” I add, “this is how you can have a great church. You don’t even need Jesus anymore!”
…I don’t mean to detract from your laughter. We should laugh! But I have to wonder: Have we emphasized form over function? What is the function of a local Jesus community, anyway?
Bonus question: Did you notice how everything was centered on the stage? What does that make people the people in the seats… the audience? If the medium is the message, what message is sent, week after week, by having the majority of time, energy and money devoted to a stage production?
Update: I pulled together a variety of thoughtful reactions to the video in a new post.