Visual starvation diets in church: why?
I am asking a question. And it is not rhetorical. I attended my son’s spring band concert at a huge local Evangelical Free Church. And by "huge," I mean, "huge." Their balconey can hold as many people as 98% of congregations in the Lutheran church hold, period. I’m talking grande. But what struck me most about their "auditorium" was how utterly stark it is. They had four banners up on the walls that were, relatively, small. A huge stage. Huge. And a giant stained glass window with nothing but a cross in it. But the place was sterile. I’ve been in a local LCMS church here that is nearly equally as sterile. It just has me wondering why it is that most of the people who attend these sorts of visually sterile places of worship live in homes that are, I would guess, richly decorated in comparison. Why is it that visual sterilization appears to be the standing order of the day among some Christians, in E-Free type congregations and in Lutheran congregations that seem intent on copying them? What are the reasons for this? I’m scratching my head trying to figure this out. I would like to know what you think.