Pastors have long warned us of the dangers of the dreaded comfort zone that traps believers into staying in the same safe place they’ve always known and keeps them from going somewhere to do something for God. One definition of comfortable is that it is something that produces feelings of ease or security. It implies the absence of sources of pain or distress.
There is another comfort zone that people don’t even realize that they’ve entered into. Let’s take a trip to Germany. People have just finished celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall. So everybody’s in a good mood, for the most part. It’s Sunday at the old church. It’s a building with history and its elders seem to recall every detail. In fact, this church hasn’t changed since Martin Luther created it, some five hundred years ago. There’s no need for microphones, the pulpit is just high enough where the preacher’s voice carries through the structure. The only thing that uses electricity are the lights that allows the organist to see just what she’s doing and the attendees to read along. The only other instrament used are vocal cords. The well-used hymnals have been lovingly restored to just like new. But there’s something missing – the college kids. You see, they’ve sworn off going to church because it’s exactly the sort of thing that bothers them most, it’s old and boring. Don’t take my word for it, just wait awhile and soon enough America’s youth will go away, too. In fact, they already are.
This comfort zone keeps you from going somewhere to do something for God, all the same. I’ve visted church after church and it seems that they’re pretty much all the same. Why would you want your church to challenge you to know what you believe and why you believe it when you can just stick with whatever the church believes and do whatever the church does? So what do you believe? Why do you believe it? What is your church’s comfort zone? Are you stuck in it? or would you risk and little irritation to save a soul or two?