Megachurches’ Unhappy Holiday: No Services Held on Christmas Sunday

Christmas megachurch closingFrom the “religious conservatives actually killed Christmas department” comes this funny story about evangelical megachurches that will be closing on Christmas Sunday because… going to church would be inconvenient (via MeFi):

Critics within the evangelical community, more accustomed to doing battle with department stores and public schools over keeping religion in Christmas, are stunned by the shutdown.

It is almost unheard of for a Christian church to cancel services on a Sunday, and opponents of the closures are accusing these congregations of bowing to secular culture.

“This is a consumer mentality at work: ‘Let’s not impose the church on people. Let’s not make church in any way inconvenient,’ ” said David Wells, professor of history and systematic theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a leading evangelical school in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

The mind boggles at how these same evangicals can turn around and be in support of the blue laws that force businesses close on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

6 Comments
  1. Speaking of Kinky Friedman, Lakewood Church in his home state of Texas will be open on Christmas Day and holding services.

    Where’s that coutnerexample in the story?

    Nowhere. Media bias against evangelicals and fundamentalists?

  2. It’s pretty apparent that you’re witnessing a “rift” in the “evangelical community.” It’s the people who want businesses closed on Christmas Day who want the churches open.

  3. A church spokesperson quoted as saying, “We believe that you worship every day of the week, not just on a weekend, and you don’t have to be in a church building to worship.”

    What? That is exactly opposite of what was preached when I was little. I wonder why the megastructure of a building is needed at all.

  4. Lawrence Said:

    Nowhere. Media bias against evangelicals and fundamentalists?

    Cool, doesn’t hurt me any, now if we could get them to do it to the Catholic church as well…. I mean molesting children, running down people with your car…. usually get’s you tossed in the slammer… but not if you are a religious figure in the catholic church….

    Michelle Said:

    What? That is exactly opposite of what was preached when I was little. I wonder why the megastructure of a building is needed at all.

    What!? Ambiguity in the church… no can’t be! What!? Hypocrisy in the chruch… no tell me it aint so! Back pedaling and overall “flip-flopping” on social and economic issues!? That never happens…

  5. Michelle asked:

    I wonder why the megastructure of a building is needed at all.

    Because they have to hae yet another reason rape us with taxes… Yes those buildings are tax-payer subsidized…. churches build societal continuity… they instill subordination and direct people toward unity… they are an essential component in the system as it currently is… but what do I know… ;-)

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