"Come to our church. We have a beautiful building!"
"Oh, our praise band is great. They really rock."
"You should hear how wonderfully our praise leader sings."
"We have Christmas trees all over the place during the holiday season."
"Yeah, our VBS is really cool this year."
"I just love the multimedia the pastor uses in his sermons. The video clips are really neat."
How many times do we hear these things, or similar phrases? How many times have we said them ourselves? There is nothing wrong with being proud of our church, enjoying the praise and singing, and being engaged by the PowerPoint. However, I think that many people get to focused on these things to the exclusion of God.
How many times do you hear things like, "Come to our church. God is really moving there." "The Holy Spirit really filled our church this week." "Our praise group sings songs with a really Godly spirit."
We need to get away from the vanity of how our churches look and sound. We need to get back to God! Concentrating on whether or not God is working in the people of the church. If we don't focus on Christ, and if we don't really pay attention as to whether or not He is present, it doesn't matter what the appearance of the building is.