When we make our decisions about how we “do” church on the basis of demographics we implicitly deny the Lordship of Christ, and keep ourselves on the throne. The message of the cross isn’t “Come as you are.” The message of the cross is “Consider the cost. And it will cost you everything. You will have to give up your favorite sins, your closest friends, your most comfortable culture. You have to die with Christ.”
When we pitch Jesus we in turn miss the real promises. We fail, when we
refuse to call the lost to consider the cost, to invite them to consider
all that they will gain. They will inherit the world. They will
cultivate the greatest virtues. They will gain brothers and sisters.
They will enter into a culture as old as the garden, as deep as the
ocean, as broad as the planet. We fail to tell the stuffy that they are
going to come to love the tattooed because Jesus died for them and
indwells them. We fail to tell the trendy that they are going to come to
love singing the music of the ancients, that the guy with the comb-over
is the bomb because he’s spent his life meditating on the Bible. And
the blue haired lady that sings The Old Rugged Cross off key- she has
done more for the kingdom than all the hip preachers on your ipod combined.
Taken from an article by R.C. Sproul Jr in which he is commenting on “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (I Corinthians 9: 22). You can find the full article here.