i am so sorry, bloggy buddies, for my extended absence. my ibook finally decided she’d had enough. she was in i.c.u. for a while, but she finally succumbed to old age. we had to pull the plug. i don’t have the money to replace her right now, so i’ll blog when i can (I do not blog at work). i am currently typing on a little mini-notebook that belongs to my wife. this isn’t going to work either, as the tiny keyboard will not accommodate my beefy fingers. oh well, we’ll figure something out.
i have a question i’d like to submit to my brilliant readers. before i present the question, i want to acknowledge my cynical bent. i’ve been thinking a lot about this subject and i am confused (a state with which i am quite familiar). i am resolved to maintain an open mind on the subject, and i am genuinely interested in what others think. here’s the question…
why do we count how many people “get saved” (or “respond to christ” or “answer the altar call” or “join the church”) on easter sunday? or any other sunday, for that matter. a closely related question might be, “did they really get saved?” but we’ll save that for another post. along with the question, “why are we concerned about how many people were in attendance?” are we better or more effective or more faithful if more people were in the building?
like i said, that’s a whole other subject.
now, i realize that i am “cutting against the grain” so to speak, but i thought long and hard about how best to conclude our meeting yesterday. i presented the gospel as best i could, and then invited people to establish a relationship with jesus. while i was planning the meeting, though, i decided against asking people to raise their hands, or come down to the front. there are many reasons i decided against a traditional altar call, but the biggest reason (again!) is my self-centeredness. in the past, i have gone out of my way to get people to respond (is that manipulation?) to an invitation so i that i could say, “you won’t believe how many people got saved yesterday…god is so good.” but, really, what i was saying was, “i am so good.”
did i cheat the pre-christians that were in that meeting? is it possible they might be able to encounter christ even though they didn’t raise their hands?
i realize no one out there is as superficial and self-absorbed as me. all the more reason i want your response to the question i posed: why do we count how many people “got saved”?
weigh in, bloggy buddies!