Last year, I wrote a post about “9 Ways to Get outside the Christian Bubble.” When I teach material on the living in the bubble—a problem that I think many church leaders face—it’s interesting that newer believers don’t always understand the concept. They’re often still connected to a lost world, and they can’t imagine why believers would get disconnected from the lost. Here are several reasons this disconnect happens:
- The enemy and his forces want us stuck in the bubble. In fact, he tries to convince us that it’s the right place to be. After all, we’re called to pastor the church . . . and who wants to risk being influenced by the world? The battle to move outside the bubble is a spiritual one.
- Our churches schedule so many church events that we have no time left to be among non-believers. And, we almost dare people to miss those events—certainly not to be with unchurched people! There’s nothing especially godly about calendars that are filled with only Christian events.
- Some of us are afraid to be outside the bubble. I understand that reasoning in some cases; vulnerable believers need to be careful and wise in determining what they do and where they go. On the other hand, it’s possible to get outside the bubble without putting ourselves in risky situations.
- The needs of our churches are great. We’re shepherding real people with real problems. Life smacks them around at times, and the congregations we lead want someone to walk with them, comfort them, and pray with them. The work can be never-ending, leaving little time for getting outside the church.
- Many congregations have unrealistic expectations. Maybe that’s because they’ve not been discipled, or perhaps they view the pastor’s role as solely congregational care. Whatever their reasoning, too many congregations criticize pastors who aren’t at every event, who aren’t available to meet every need, and who spend too much time outside the church. Sometimes it’s just easier to stay in the bubble.
- We’re not burdened like we should be about lost people. Perhaps . . . maybe . . . this is our greatest issue. People who are convinced of lostness, eternal judgment, and the forgiving love of God will figure out how to get outside the bubble. It may not be easy, but concern will compel them outward.
What are your thoughts about the bubble?