When the Church becomes an Airport


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Picture an airport. Busy. Organized. Beautiful. Everything on schedule. People checking in and out. People arriving and departing. Flights announced. Planes landing and taking off. An exciting place to be. All its glamour put aside, the most luxurious airport is not residential. It operates on transit.

Now picture a church. A popular mega-church. With branches in almost every city in almost every country. The one everyone wants to visit one day. To check out the music because it’s been told that the choir is amazing. The harmony of music is angelic, they say. The décor is on point (perfect for selfies). The seats are comfortable. The air-conditioner blows the coolest air. In sum, it’s the number one to-go-to church on the popular churches’ billboard.

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Now, what’s the similarity between the airport and the church? No matter how much they are patronized, no one actually lives in these places. One passes through, does his businesses and heads to his destination. The difference is that the airport doesn’t change your decision of where you are headed. But everyone who enters a church comes out a changed person. Or supposed to be.

Some people attend Sunday church services to satisfy their conscience. Some go to fulfil their ‘religious’ obligation and to save face. Some churches unfortunately have rebranded into religious clubs who church out half-baked Christians. Where members go to entertain themselves and come out half-full. Church for some people is like having a flight on transit. They pass through when they are in town. They come visiting when there’s a big white wedding as if it’s a red carpet event that they have come to grace with their presence. People only do church when it’s a corporate event like a company’s thanksgiving service or when some well-known minister is going to be the Special Guest Artiste for the stage.

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The church is supposed to be transformative. Not comfortable to the point that there’s no urge to change. It is a haven for broken people seeking redemption not a country club seeking membership and a verification of their social status. A place where we go to and not feel superior or inferior to the next person. It is not a concert where the haves get to sit on VIP seats and the have-nots get the popular stand. A place where the head pastor is a shepherd leading the congregation like a flock towards God’s kingdom and not a wolf in sheep’s clothing leading people astray with their cunning tactics. It is not a museum or a tourist attraction to come and admire interior design and be told stories but a place of worship.

When a sacred place like a church is reduced to a secular venue like the airport, then we should know that we’ve missed the point. When people enter and exit with no change of heart. They call God their Lord but consider his laws as impractical. Instead of seeing the world as transit to their eternal home, they see it as their permanent residence and carnality is seen as mode of survival.

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Is church just an airport to you where you check in, board your flight and arrive at destination which has no influence on how you relate to God and your neighbor? Or is it a place of fellowship where you go for a refuel of your spiritual tank? Time for personal assessment.

Josephine Amoako © 2016

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Rose says:

    Very thought provoking. Many times in church I listen to amazing messages and challenge myself to not just be a hearer, but a doer of the word. It is easy to go the church as a tradition. We have to be mindful of this, lest we fall into the trap of routine.There are also people who view church as a social gathering. Mega churches may not be the problem, but it may be that some churches attract people who do not want their lives inconvenienced with truth and fellowship. May God continue to change people with His word.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Rose. Stay blessed. 😃

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  2. Veronica Marfo says:

    Very inspiring. We need to go back to the cross.

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  3. i could kiss you for this piece. thank you for speaking my mind and for making me feel normal. Many of us were brought up to see church as an occasion. if its Sunday its church. others we are just church hoppers where the music is great where the word is great. Its as if we are seeking after men not God.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Awww… We thank God for that. Anyways, chop kiss😘

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  4. davidpr86 says:

    Very true…another thing is,people no longer want to hear the truth..they go to church as a routine and for the entertainment as you rightly pointed out.

    They want to be told that they are doing just fine…even if they are in sin, if you touch on anything they don’t want to hear even if its scriptural…they will move to the next church.

    However, unknowingly they are fulfiling scripture.

    2 Timothy 4:3

    For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Very true. But we should pray not to lose many souls in these end times. Thanks for reading David 😃

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  5. kukupassion says:

    Great analogy. Indpiring and thought provoking.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Kuku😃

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  6. awe493 says:

    Love the comparisons. Good read.

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  7. You are doing a great job Jossy. God richly bless you.
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    1. joseyphina says:

      Hi… Thank you. God bless you too

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  8. tdzifa says:

    Good post to reflect on. When we go to church and keep doing everything we were doing at home – chatting loudly with friends, whatsapping, gossiping, sleeping, thinking about everything but God – we are really there out of obligation. It’s just an airport…

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Exactly. Thanks for reading, Adesabe 😃

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  9. mimispassion says:

    A good one.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Mimi😃

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  10. Seb Dani says:

    Such an inspiring post Joseyphina!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you, Seb! 😃

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  11. piratepatty says:

    What a good piece! And a good comparison. I am not a fan of the Big box churches or campuses as they are called with the big t.v. screens. For me going to church is a holy and humbling experience. Still go to the one where they wear the long robes and swing the incense and speak Latin. I know the people who are members and we are a family that holds each other in good times and bad. It fills my soul with joy and peace as I leave my worries and imperfections in God’s hands.
    I am proud to be a part of the Eastern Orthodox community. I’m not passing through, I’m home.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Good to know, Patty. Don’t have anything against big churches. It’s just that some people associate themselves with such churches as if it’s a prestigious tag. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  12. kmankata says:

    Beautiful piece. Sad to say most of our churches have become airports now! God helps us.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Amen. Thanks for reading 😃

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  13. Great Post and very thought provoking. Thanks for shedding light on the subject, I join in prayer. Blessings sister 😇

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    1. joseyphina says:

      And thank you for reading, dear. Stay blessed 😃

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  14. SLIMJIM says:

    I like this illustration. You’re right, the Church should not be like an “airport.”

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, SlimJim 😃 stay blessed.

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  15. Lori Carlson says:

    Wow, very well written, Josephine… this is why I don’t like mega churches.. I prefer small intimate ones where you know one another

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Lori. I don’t have anything against big churches; it’s just that most people see it as a social club and behave as such. Glad you could pass by. ☺

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