Wednesday, December 7, 2005

How the megachurches stole Christmas

Oh. My. God.

Get this: according to this article at CNN.com, mega-churches around the country, including the mother of all mega-churches, Willow Creek in Barrington, IL, are closing for Christmas.

Yes, that's right, I said closing for Christmas. Because it's on a Sunday (not like that usually has anything to do with Christian worship) and that's a "family day." The best part of the article is this, from the Willow Creek spokeswoman (OK, already I have a problem with a church needing a separate spokeswoman -- where's the freakin' pastor? -- and don't get me started on the word "unchurched" in the quote):

"If our target and our mission is to reach the unchurched, basically the people who don't go to church, how likely is it that they'll be going to church on Christmas morning?" she said.
>Dr. Virago smacks head on her desk. Multiple times.<

The second best part is the final section's subheading:
Mainline churches staying open
Really? You don't say!

Thanks to The Disenchanted Forest for the heads up on this one.

Updated to add that The Green Knight has the best one-liner on this; he calls it "Christmas without the Mas(s). Or the Christ, for that matter." Heh heh.

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1 comment:

Fast Fizzy said...

When it comes to being churched, I say, "No mas! No mas!"