Just visited Mars Hill's website to check their address for this form. The flash animation gave me an image of a fist and then an image of a dollar.
This fist image was a link to an event where they'd be doing spring cleaning both in the community and the church--a good thing! Why the fist?
The dollar was a link to a financial seminar--giving, investing real estate, etc. A good thing...? I suppose. But my take on money and Christianity is that--at least according to some things Jesus said in the Bible--they're pretty much mutually exclusive. Harder for a camel to fit through... you know the rest.
Anyway, if I couldn't read, what kind of message would I get? That Mars Hill is tough and rich?
Visual communication is 80%--yes 80!!!--of how a message is sent and perceived. Here's what I SAW at Mars Hill:
Modern facility in a not-so-modern area: the place teamsters would go for a Starbucks, or the place advertising executives would go for a cuppa joe.
There were some paintings inside that reminded me of the cover art for "In the Court of the Crimson King" (http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drg600/g670/g67029zhy8t.jpg)
The lighting was low. The band was backlit in greens and reds. The music was something you could easily hear on the radio... Switchfoot-y, Puddle of Mudd-y, Creed-y.
Mark Driscoll was pumped up: thickset, groomed, a choker around his neck, a lost Baldwin brother perhaps (we were kind of far back: it was a PACKED house).
Here's what I heard: Marl Driscoll was telling us not to eat chocolate cake, not to be lustful, and by denying ourselves such impulses (and many others), we would glorify God.
I get it: selfish behaviors do not glorify God. But is simply denying those behaviors glorifying God? Was I hearing that I didn't have to DO anything to glorify God, I only had to NOT do certain things?
I felt like I was being lectured. I wasn't learning anything. I wasn't sure what to do next. I knew what I supposed to NOT do next. But I felt like having a piece of chocolate cake anyway.