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What if the USAmerican evangelical establishment church gave up being church for Lent? What if she just said, “I’m tired of being a prissy, judgmental entity that gets joy out of making people mad at me.”

What if the church had a moratorium on its “we can be as cool as the culture” ways and just got real for a day or two? Nobody was ever “saved” by a musical note (rock ‘n roll or otherwise) or a pixil image or a flakey “you can have the American Dream and Jesus, too” sales pitch. What if American Christians spoke their fears rather than masking them with fantasies like “Jesus is coming back to take us out of this hell hole of a world”? What if American straight Christians admitted that our divorce rate as Christians has done more to damage marriage in this country than anything the gay community will ever do? What if we American Christians admitted that it is a sorry anomaly of massive proportions to worship “the Prince of Peace” with our mouths and fund the world’s largest war machine with our money? What if we believed Malcolm Muggeridge when he said, “Jesus would have viewed being on TV as the fourth temptation of the Devil”? What if we quit treating the Bible like a “rabbit’s foot” which we have for “good luck” but never read? What if we stopped marvelling over how the Chinese church grew more after the missionaries were kicked out and had to go underground as we continue to insanely invest billions of dollars into having the most stunning buildings in the city? What if we quit gathering at our own little church coffee shops in the foyer and went out into the city and made friends and had coffee with unchurched people on Sunday morning? What if we punctured our finger tips and showed unchurched people that we bleed blood like them and not ooze out canned Bible verses?

“John? John! Wake up!”

“Oooooh, I was dreaming. I…I had this amazing vision.”

“What? What was it?”

“What if the church gave up being church for Lent.”

“It’ll never happen.”

“Never say ‘never’.”

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