Friday, 1 June 2007
Ikea Style Christianity
My wife is a great fan of Ikea and I can’t tell you how many Ikea products we have around the house. Believe it or not, even when we have been overseas we have had to visit Ikea stores and even brought some things there!
Now don’t get me wrong, I like some of the stuff that Ikea has, I am getting really good at putting the purchases together and I have never found they have made a mistake about what screws and fixtures that were needed. I think their stores are really tricky – you know how you have to go through the entire store to get to the end (that is until you work out that there are some very well disguised short cuts).
It seems to me, some people are looking for an Ikea style Christianity – one that they can take home and put together just how they want it. Flat packing and DIY are OK for some things, but that’s not how to serve God!
Have you ever met people who say they are “shopping” for a church? I come across this often. It saddens me to think that people are looking for a church to suit them, rather than looking for the church that suits God. I don’t know about you, but I would be much more confident being in a church that I know God likes rather than one that matches my own set of criteria.
We read in 2 Timothy 4:3, “For a time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires.”
Christ built His church, he didn’t leave it for us to put together with allan keys. Some people want to put Christ’s church together to their own specifications. They want it according to their own style.
We have instructions about the church. We don’t have a set of picture book instructions; we have the Bible – the word of God. In it we are told how the church is to look, how it is to work and how we are to serve God.
Ikea has come up with many great innovations and they are very popular. I has a great business model. But that is not the model for the church. Christ died for the church – we owe it to Him to serve Him how He asked us to.