Are there people like me here?
The weight of that question cannot be overstated. It affects where we live, where we shop, the groups we belong to, the politicians we support, the clothing we wear, the forms of entertainment we seek, and yes, even the church we are a part of. And I don’t necessarily believe that is a bad thing.
As a church leader, I can lament this question or I can embrace it. This is one of the big draws of mega churches. Get enough people together and you’re bound to find someone like you! As an artist, I like Apple products. Not only are they great tools, but I also know that there are other people like me who use them.
When we don’t see people like us, we naturally assume that whatever it is either, 1. has no value to us, or 2. isn’t interested in us. Whether or not that perception is actual reality is up for debate.