February 26, 2011

A Church Big on Missions?

Not too long ago, I was in an interview.  My interviewer discovered I was a volunteer for Gospel for Asia.  It turns out she was a Christian (in the corporate world of LA, what a surprise right!?) and we started talking about  church and missions.  She said that her church was big on missions and couldn't explain any details other than the fact they're always talking about missions or involved in missions all over the world.  She invited me to the church, so I checked it out a few weeks later.  It was a big church and a good message was preached that Sunday.  After the service I saw a couple brochures about missions on a table in the foyer.  Next I hit up the bookstore.  It was packed.  I didn't see any books on missions, but I did see whole sections of the bookstore devoted to "gifts and apparel", "health and nutrition", "finance and career", "jewelry", "kids", and "music"....*sigh. Maybe not so big on mission after all.

But this kind of brings me to another point.  When it comes to Christian merchandise, I suppose the products are dictated by the demand, as with any market.  However, one would think that a church bookstore might be skewed in the sense that the leadership of the church would like to approve of and promote certain products in their bookstore of which they approve.  So shouldn't there at least be some books in that bookstore about missions?

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