ECONOMICS OF MEGACHURCHIANITY
By Debra Rae
November 7, 2011
Part 4: Entrepreneurial Leadership Network
As a child, I recall locking arms with classmates while singing a playful little ditty, “the more we get together, together, together; oh, the more we get together, the happier we’ll be.” The same rings true today.
Perhaps more than ever, groupthink has become all the rage. Only now it’s accomplished under peer pressure with mutual understanding that ends always justify means. Through the dialectic process, bureaucrats, politicians, “educrats,” and communitarian church leaders discredit notions of fixed rights or wrongs in exchange for a global civic ethic upon which most can agree.
The stealth consensus process primes people of faith for transformation to a new, politically correct, and collectivist paradigm that insiders willingly embrace on behalf of the common good. Bible-thumping naysayers are marginalized as narrow, closed-minded, pesky fundamentalists who have yet to get with the program.
Given today’s new tolerance, deeming most all beliefs to be equal, the broad, transformational movement of emerging Churchianty emphasizes interfaith dialogue. Not to offend is its chief virtue.
Evolutionary change in church governance parallels loose constructionism (or living Constitutionalism). Both ascribe dynamic meanings to core documents—the Holy Bible and U.S. Constitution, respectively. To interpret key biblical and/or constitutional phrases, one abandons the language of original intent for more flexible interpretations.
In today’s Communitarian Church Growth Movement, the biblical hierarchy with God at the top rung of the church ladder has succumbed to that of a concentric circle placing higher-level church leaders at its center with the unchurched community (noncustomers) on its peripheral edge. Alarmingly absent from the model are God Himself and His Word.