A Michigan church formerly known as Christ Community Church has decided to change its name to C3Exchange, and to remove its cross.
The pastor-thingie, "Rev." Ian Lawton, explains that these elements were making the influx of (presumably unrepentant) Jews, Muslims, homosexuals and atheists uncomfortable. Something had to change, and since they wanted to accommodate the organization to the current crowd.
(Does he still call himself "Reverend," or is that a reporter's slip? Isn't that an offensive term? It certainly is doubly inappropriate.)
Another Christian organization leapt to take over ownership of the cross.
My first response was to be appalled, and wonder how much self-parody one group of people is capable of. Has Lawton even read Mark's gospel, particularly the eighth chapter? Galatians? Gospel of John? Hello?
But then I found International Aid CEO David Wisen's response persuasive. In effect, he said Great, if they've stopped proclaiming the real, living, divisive Jesus as Lord and Christ, they should change their name and remove the cross. Exactly.
Which then led me to wish that many Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, and other churches would either plunge themselves into thoroughgoing institutional repentance - or follow suit.
Truth in advertising is a good thing... though apostasy, and sealing congregants' doom by withholding the very message they need to hear, isn't.