Watch this brief stand-up comedy by Maria Bamford. It’s less than two minutes long and despite the title is not dirty. What she’s making fun of, I will comment on below.
Okay, so that was pretty funny, right? Not hard to see what she was poking fun at. Bamford is quite possibly not a Christian and so her critique is especially helpful. What’s she poking fun at?
Churches who are pretending not to be churches so that people will come inside and get involved. The old Bait-and-Switch. Now don’t get me wrong. As Christian churches we probably all need to be doing better at reaching out to our communities. Caring for the shared needs and addressing the shared concerns is a good thing. It certainly isn’t bad to invite people in. But how do you answer this question: What does the world really need from the Church?
Maybe, just maybe, what’s needed is for the Church to be unashamedly the Church. Let’s not be ashamed of ‘what goes on in there’ and be up front from the beginning.