I don’t know who invented the phrase “evangelical circus,” but in many ways it describes exactly the Christianity I left behind many years ago.* I can’t speak for all churches, or even many, but the few I have been involved in were certainly circus-like in their unrelenting desire to entertain the audience, with never a wasted moment. As I said, I left that world behind years ago, and I’m now a part of a smaller church that focuses more on worship, community, and holiness than felt needs and Christotainment.
This past month, I went back to the evangelical circus and found myself even more confused than I was 10 years ago. Below you’ll find my thoughts on what I experienced, but please take these observations and criticisms only so far and with a grain of salt. I have different obligations now, and don’t have the context to completely understanding what is going on. I also would be remiss if I didn’t point out that I don’t believe my current tradition is perfect; it certainly has its many flaws and no doubt an evangelical church-goer would be confused by the liturgy and its insistence on the spoken Word. Continue reading