“Want to know why people are really leaving the church? Being on the other side of the Exodus stinks, don’t it?
I see the panic on your face, Church.
I know the internal terror as you see the statistics and hear the stories and scan the exit polls.
I see you desperately scrambling to do damage control for the fence-sitters, and manufacture passion from the shrinking faithful, and I want to help you.
You may think you know why people are leaving you, but I’m not sure you do.
You think it’s because “the culture” is so lost, so perverse, so beyond help that they are all walking away.
You believe that they’ve turned a deaf ear to the voice of God; chasing money, and sex, and material things.
You think that the gays and the Muslims and the Atheists and the pop stars have so screwed up the morality of the world that everyone is abandoning faith in droves
But those aren’t the reasons people are leaving the church.
They aren’t the problem, Church.
You are the problem.
Let me elaborate in five ways …”
1. Your Sunday productions have worn thin.
2. You speak in a foreign tongue.
3. Your vision can’t see past your building.
4. You choose lousy battles.
5. Your love doesn’t look like love.