flags1Andy and I spent the day at Six Flags yesterday for a different kind of staff meeting. Believe it or not, it was productive and fun. We rode a lot of coasters, stood in lines, talked to a ton of people, dropped from the sky, and talked about River Ridge.

While waiting to ride Batman I thought about all the people who bought a ticket, paid for parking, bought over-priced food/drinks, stood in lines waiting to ride a coaster that lasted less than a couple of minutes, and walked around in hot humid weather. When you look at it that way, going to Six Flags (or any theme park) doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. Yet, people do it and enjoy it.

When you get down to it, people do what they really want to do. A lady from the Atlanta area told us that the least crowded time to go to Six Flags is Sunday from 10:00 AM to about 1:00 PM. Then she confessed that she has skipped church a lot this summer. I guess Six Flags is more fun than going to church.

Andy and I talked a little about playing off the whole “More Flags … More Fun” thing for church. I think church should be fun and enjoyable. I don’t think God wants to torture us in church. I do think we put too much emphasis on the “ME” aspect rather than on God when it comes to church.

So, I wonder if more people would come to church if we charged admission, had a parking fee, made you wait in long lines to hear a really short sermon, charged an arm and a leg for a cup of coffee and a bottle of water, made the staff wear some ugly shirts, and had a few fans and no A/C while standing under a tent to sing a song.