7 Signs You Might be a “Drive-Thru” Christian

By Chuck Lawless

I admit I’ve spent a lot of time in restaurant drive-thru lines—especially when I was a single adult many years ago. Sometimes, drive-thru options seem to make the most sense for us. Drive-thru Christianity, though, doesn’t work. Use this list to determine if you might be a “Drive-Thru” Christian:

  1. You look for the most convenient, least time-consuming way to follow Christ. Why take extra steps and spend extra time growing spiritually and making disciples if you don’t have to?
  2. Your attendance is sporadic, and you show up for church only when you want or need something. That is, you show up when it’s advantageous – when the church offers you something.
  3. You choose what you want in a church and then expect others to meet that request. All of us, of course, have general ideas of what we want in a church; here, I’m talking about church member consumers who place their order and expect others to serve them.
  4. You let others do the work. After all, that’s what a drive-thru is about: others do the work, you get an inexpensive meal, and then you’re on your way.
  5. Nobody in the church really knows you by name. You’re a “drop-in” face to others, and you don’t give them much opportunity to get to know you.
  6. Your goal is to get in and out as quickly as possible. You’re not interested in conversations. Relationships aren’t that important to you. You go to church because you know you need to, but you don’t want any strings attached.
  7. If you don’t like what’s offered at one church, you just go to the drive-thru at another one. In fact, you have a history of church hopping because apparently no one can meet your needs.

What would you add to this list?

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