J. LaCour, publisher of Pageant Life, a Sacramento quarterly said and I quote. “The reason for the existence of Pageant is money. If the pageant makes a profit, it will continue. If not, it’s gone tomorrow.” Throughout the country, especially in California and the South, there exists a complex network of Children’s Beauty Pageants held in shopping malls and hotel ballrooms. There are about 3,000 pageants a year in the U.S., 500 of which cater to the preteen-and-under set. Children could compete every weekend, if they and their parents had the energy and resources. Organizers of the larger statewide contests clear at least $100,000 per pageant. The profits come from basic entrance fees, which can run as high as a few hundred dollars. Organizers also sell pageant jewelry and publish journals that earn money through advertising. This tells us the importance we placed on appearance.
Makeup as Webster dictionary states is the way in which parts or the ingredient of something are put together or arranged (composition). Secondly it is the physical, mental, and moral character of a person that makes him up (constitution). Makeups in another sense are the cosmetics used to color and beautify the face or other parts of the body. It includes wigs used in making up for special costumes for a play or part of dressing. It is something that makes up for what is previous omission, failure or deficiency.
Ecclesia makeup going by the definition above are the things introduced to the church for her lost or missing glory; that man’s intention is added as adjustment for the lost. Each church is having problem in keeping members in the church. This has caused many churches to dance between pleasing God and keeping the people.
In days like this many are leaving the church. The makeup is the thing done by church leadership to make the church attractive to the comers. Some resolve to make the church building more attractive, by focusing primarily on the infrastructure and the amenities in the building. Others focus on the mode of worship, singing, timing and even the preaching style. Others focus on ‘faith level’ of say it and have it, this affects the lifestyle of al the members in the public and private. Some even confuse denial for faith manifestation. Part of the makeup is the emphasis the church placed on praying and what they pray for as a church. The way of dressing and social interactions interaction of some of the churches is the resultant effect of Ecclesia Makeup in their church.
Websites, Internet, conferences, radio program, television and books have been good tools in the hands of few. Others depend on ‘spiritual fathers’, who advise them as to what they can do to retain members in the church. Some of the mentors lead astray by leading the mentored to go the makeup way. Other mentors lead the mentored in the right way. This right way is slow and hard, but rewarding.
This ecclesia makeup is not new anyway. In the eighteenth century Scottish theologian William Cunningham said that men, under the pretense of curing the defects and shortcomings in the church, the nakedness and bareness, attaching to ecclesiastical arrangements as set before us in the New Testament, have been constantly proposing innovations and improvements in government and worship. It is discovered then that none of this improvement has actually brought any change except for the negative influence it brought to the church.
The bible does not speak about the church attracting new members by any makeup method. The church is not built with the objective of attracting people but attract the Owner (Jesus Christ). The church from the origin is the holy bride of Christ. The true beauty of the church is in her conjugal chastity of holiness and innocence. Churches are made better by reforming and rebirth the church from all carnal methods that permeates it..
Those who claim to make the church more attractive by turning her away from true doctrine and pure worship are what we could call false beauticians. Under their hands, the church is robbed of her chastity. The current state of the church is alarming, as many have turned off from the foundation laid by the apostles and the prophets, which Christ the chief corner stone. The epidemic of pleasing men is the terrible cancerous disease affecting the 21th Century.
I like to conclude that the only solution the church is having now is go to meet the Lord outside the camp for purification (To continue next blog).