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Culture of Winning?

April 9, 2009

Does the American church suffer because of the American culture of winning?

Instead of trying to show people Christ are we more concerned with winning them to Christ?

Does our winning culture lead us to hope our church does better than others? Is better than others? Do we create score cards in our minds for this purpose? Ours is more giving? More people are saved?

Does this winning attitude keep us from simply sharing Jesus and what he has done? Does this attitude keep us from learning from failure? Missing out on the importance of discipline?

Easter is upon us and it is certainly not about our winning because of anything we have done.

Thoughts?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2009 10:54 pm

    This is definitely a pet peeve of mine. While coming up in ministry there was such a focus from established pastors that wanted to know how many were in attendance on a weekend and personally how many people i had won to (or led to) Christ.

    The Scripture tells us that salvation is not by anything we have done by our own hands so that we can not boast. What a privilege it is to be part of God’s plan of redemption that we can be used by him to help show his love and truth. To try to take credit for seeing people come to know the Lord as their personal Savior just leaves me with a nasty distaste in my mouth. Maybe it’s just me, but the wording & thought behind winning others for Christ just rubs me the wrong way.

  2. April 13, 2009 5:08 pm

    I hear you Dave. Because we live in a culture of winning it seems that at times it is all that motivates people.

    That is sad indeed.

    Thanks for the comment.

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