how the YMCA became the church’s greatest competitor.

Competition.  It’s the lifeblood of capitalism.  It spurs innovation and breeds new technologies.  It’s what makes us run faster, jump higher and reach farther.

Every organization has competition.  Google has Facebook.  Democrats have Republicans.  The Blue Devils have the Tar Heels.  Tom has Jerry.

Now, the church has the YMCA.

I need after-school care: the church vs. the YMCA.

I need yoga classes: the church vs. the YMCA.

I need volunteer hours: the church vs. the YMCA.

I need social justice projects: the church vs. the YMCA.

I need a homeschooling group: the church vs. the YMCA.

I’m not hating on the YMCA or any of the above.  My title is satirical but my point isn’t.  The church lost her focus when she stopped competing with the kingdom of darkness and started competing with the YMCA.

That’s not our calling or mission.

I need to get baptized: the church vs. _______

I need healing: the church vs. _______

I need reconciliation: the church vs. _______

I need communion: the church vs. _______

I need to get married: the church vs. _______

Let’s let the YMCA do their thing.  Let’s get busy with ours.  Shopping and menus belong at the mall…not in the church.

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