Is Your Church Like Princess Toast?
There is a television commercial where two young girls surprise their mother by giving her "princess toast." She says, "Oh, I have no idea what's in princess toast." However, she accepts it anyway because of her young daughters' nice gesture.
The actual commercial is about Nature Made Adult Gummies. After the children present the princess toast, their mother talks about the alternative which is much better.
Contents of Princess Toast
If you haven't seen the 15-second commercial on television, it is featured below so you can see exactly what the mother's reaction was.
The children put on the toast only the good things they know about. They included jelly beans, gummy bears, and other sweet ingredients with colorful sprinkles on top. Those items seemed to have been the children's all-time favorites They thought that was what their mother wanted.
Princess Toast vs The Gospel
Some churches serve princess toast all the time and think it is what parishioners want. Some churches have exchanged the gospel of the saving power of Jesus Christ with princess toast. Instead of preaching and teaching the Bible and things in the Bible, they preach the sweeter things like the contents of princess toast.
A Sugarcoated Gospel
From the commercial, you will see that one girl is holding a plate with two slices of princess toast. Each slice is different, and they are touching each other.
There are over 500,000 churches in the United States and hundreds of local churches. It has been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time in Christendom. That's because the pastor of a church preaches that his particular church is better than the church on the corner or further down the street.
Therefore, the pastor presents princess toast sermons to keep the congregation hooked on sugar. Instead of giving church attendees what they really need to hear, some pastors sugar coats everything. When they do that, they are giving people false hope with princess toast instead of a full course meal that people really need in order to deal with life's problems that are sure to come.
Jesus is the Bread of Life
One thing the girls knew to do was to use a slice of bread to hold the many ingredients. A church service should allow Jesus to be the bread to feed the hungry congregation. In John 6:35, Jesus Himself declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
Every person who attends church is expecting something to satiate their hunger. Unfortunately, princess toast just won't do it.
The fourth beatitude says, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). Many people scream within, "Feed me till I want no more." In other words, they go to church empty and they leave the same way.
Princess toast might satisfy one's hunger temporarily, but it will not be as fulfilling and permanent as the Word of God.
What People Want Instead of Princess Toast
It is very challenging to find a church today like the early churches in the Book of Acts. It is easier to find churches that God criticized in the Book of Revelation. Even so, people expect more than princess toast when they go to church. The church is responsible for giving the congregation much more. So, what do people want? What do they expect to get when they go to church?
- The number one thing people should get when they go to church is the Word of God.
- People expect to hear about the saving power of Jesus Christ.
- Congregants want to fellowship with other believers.
- People want a place where there is something for every member of their family.
People want spiritual guidelines to help them with their problems.
Decline in Church Attendance
There has been a major decline in church attendance in the last few years. One of the main reasons is that people are tired of eating princess toast. They are craving food so they can grow spiritually, according to 1 Peter 2:2.
We must all agree that the congregation needs more than princess toast. It was good as the subject of a television commercial. However, princess toast has no place in the church.