Friday, April 15, 2016
This is an example of one of the biggest productions. Notice the Santa Clauses on parade! It looks like a bad cruise-ship or Las Vegas production. Of course they are celebrating the false holiday of Christmas. Even in small churches, I have visited, the bands, programs and stage-shows were never ending.
The IFBs seemed to pull out all stops on the "patriotic" holidays, and this included videos of jingoistic veterans, flag-waving, pictures of Ronald Reagan and jets streaming across the Jumbo-tron. Christmas and Easter produces some of the biggest "shows" and the churches where I live locally do advertisements to the twice-a year crowd to get them in their seats.
One local Emergent-Mega church even rented out the local college concert hall where traveling Broadway shows go for an Easter extravaganza. The churches are competing harder and harder for filled seats and money to fill the coffers and now that includes a lot of show-time offerings. Of course I used to think visiting some of these places, why don't we ever get to talk or pray with one another or actually get to know the fellow "concert-goers"?
Much of the "entertainment" is dumbed down lowest common denominator stuff. Let's not forget while the evangelicals have patterned themselves after Hollywood, the Catholic and Orthodox church went deep into their rituals, fancy outfits and hats to attract the crowds too.