megachurch city... and I'm definitely not the mayorInteresting, given Jonny's last post on theology and community (i.e. church) that this happened to be a headline tonight.
Megachurches Growing In Number And Size (courtesy of Yahoo! News)
So, I generally have a huge problem with these sort of church settings. I make assumptions, like, if they have 5000 members, their theology has to be so watered down it's pathetic. Because I guess I also make assumptions about people that go to megachurches, such as (in the Springs) New Life, or Willow Creek, or The Chapel. That people can't be so materialistic and caught up in their Land Rovers and indoor swimming pools and be Christians. Something about that camel and a needle's eye thing. But maybe this has to do with the fact I'm so poor that I have to make decisions between getting my oil changed and buying food. And I have to admit I'd like to have a little more money, and maybe I'm just hypocritical and jealous. Now that I've aired that little bit of moral introspection.....
So, what do you guys think? The article above makes the following comment that I actually grunted/chuckled/hmmmed at out loud:
The growth of megachurches in recent decades has come about because of a common historic cycle in U.S. religion: faith institutions reinventing themselves to meet the consumerlike demands of worshippers, said Paul Harvey, American history professor at the University of Colorado who specializes in U.S. religious history.
That last phrase gets to me. I don't want to be part of U.S. religious history? And are megachurches anything other than that, really?