Growing up as a boy in Colorado, one of the main things us boys did during summer was ride the wheels off our bikes. We lived in the country and it was quite a distance between our homes, as much as 2 miles. There was a lot of flat open area in between and invariably we would gather in a field and ride and jump and race like the motocross racers we wanted to be.
Sooner or later, almost every time, we would turn to building a ramp out of scrap lumber and seeing how far we could jump. With each of us trying to out-do the other so one of us could go home with our chests puffed out with the title of “King of the Jump” for the day.
It always led to increasingly reckless behavior on our part because the goal was ultimately for the others to adore you, even if only for a moment.
I say all of this because I was reading an article here about a church in the Seattle area that actually was holding tattoo services during their regular worship services.. During one of Pastor Larry Ehoff’s sermons a woman was actually receiving a tattoo on stage.
“We’ve said from the start that we are not advocating tattoos — nor discouraging them,” said pastor Larry Ehoff.
“We think of it as amoral. It’s neither immoral nor moral, it’s just the choice of a person.”
Ehoff said the church is telling the same story of Jesus as always, it’s just finding different ways to tell it.
Actually the church is telling quite a different “story”, if that is what you want to call it.
I thought Jesus came to call all mankind to repentance and to give His life as a living sacrifice for our sins. A life he laid down obediently, humbly, and completely. Never to draw attention to himself but always pointing to God the Father.
I see nothing in a stunt like this that resembles humility or repentance or reverence for God……what I do see is an act used to draw attention to themselves as individuals and their congregation. I also see clever marketing that, sadly, seems to becoming more and more effective.
Wow….whatever happened to merely preaching the gospel and letting Jesus worry about filling the seats?