So I’ve noticed something in churches lately, well actually not lately, but most of my life, and especially now in my church (not that I’m trying to blast mine). The Sacred Cow syndrome, is what I would call it. This is an ailment that effects all churches to certain extents and especially the older churches, churches that have been around long enough to have created traditions and norms for themselves. The Sacred Cow syndrome is basically this; there is something, or multiple things in a church that are considered untouchables, or unchangeable. In most cases it has nothing to do with the Bible, or anything theological or scriptural. It is just something that has always been. It could be a curtain, chairs, carpet, an alter that says ‘In Remembrance of Me’ for communion, a cross, stained glass window, anything. The problem with these things is this: it gets in the way of the changes that need to happen in churches in order to stay relevant in our world today. I’m not saying we should throw out all church tradition become a rock concert with watered down biblical teachings. That would be a terrible thing to do. I’m saying churches need to let go of traditions that are killing them. The Sacred Cow, musical style, preaching style, chair set up, and yes maybe even an old ratty carpet. Taking care of the church building and updating it is not a sin, it’s good stewardship of what God has blessed the church with. To maintain a tradition just because, even though it is keeping new people from feeling comfortable in a church, a place that is for some believers (including myself) an uncomfortable place is very sinful. We need to be willing to change to reach people. We need to stop being inwardly focused on ourselves, who we were and focus outward on who we could become if those who do not yet know God came into our family.
Is your churches ‘Sacred Cow’ keeping your church from growing?