Elon Musk, the billionaire businessman who founded SpaceX, recently announced that he is moving from California to Texas. Musk has joined the ongoing exodus of successful people who are moving from areas controlled by liberals to places that are more conservative. Musk says that California got to the point where they took winning for granted and then got complacent. He used the word “entitled” to describe the mindset of many Californians.
It seems that many churches have reached a similar mindset. After enjoying years of growth, a congregation can take winning for granted. This leads to complacency and a sense of entitlement. Members are more concerned about what the church can do for them than what they can do for the church. This kind of atmosphere might well lead to an exodus of people who would rather be in a church that was focused on continued growth rather than keeping the current members happy.
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first…”—Revelation 2:4-5.