The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


You have the power to stop the pandering

Start by listening for the truth instead of the popular

Checking into a motel or hotel, frequently you find a small sign inside your room that can be placed outside the door: Do Not Disturb. That sign hangs invisibly, but not unnoticed, on too many churches.

It's part of what I call "our culture of pandering." There is a cancer of pandering in politics, in the media, in education and in religious practices (Our Culture of Pandering, Paul Simon; Southern Illinois University Press, 2003).

Many of you reading this will agree and say to yourselves: "They should stop pandering." True. But there is another truth: We all should create an atmosphere in which such behavior isn't rewarded

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