As I was browsing around the information highway the following leaped off the page.
“His audiences grew smaller during the 1920s as Sunday grew older, religious revivals became less popular, and alternative sources of entertainment appeared.”
This is a comment about the famous Evangelist, Billy Sunday. All folks grow old or pass on, so the phrase that grabbed my attention is, “Alternative sources of entertainment appeared.”
It is a known fact that the malaise of Sunday’s day has exploded exponentially and in our time churches are experiencing the fact that many folks are drawn like moths to a flame, seeking, finding and exchanging the spiritual for “alternative sources of entertainment.”
In some cases pastors made the boo boo of focusing more on messages that entertain rather than ones that educate and edify, thus preparing a smoother path for the carnal to make ever more choices for higher quality entertainment than the church was capable of producing. More than one student of the demise of the Sunday Evening Evangelistic service traces the beginning of said demise to the….Ed Sullivan Show.
The demise of this and that is not the problem. Churches attempted to do something that is contrary to biblical responsibility. Church programs are not going to relieve individuals from personal responsibility for their growth in Christ.
Years ago the National Advertising Council ran ads across the country stating the solution to spiritual apathy, “The family that prays together stays together.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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