Have you heard the term CEO as a reference to those who attend church on Christmas and Easter Only? There is a segment of society that will not come to church the other 50 Sundays of the year, but on Christmas and Easter, you can expect they will be present to boost your attendance.
I cannot imagine these are genuine believers who are attending on these 2 Sundays only and then avoiding the other 50 Sundays. This Christian CEO would be living in violation of passages like Hebrews 10:24-25.
I suppose some might come for the gimmicks or the giveaways that, unfortunately, some churches will use as a bartering chip to get people to come to their church service.
I do have one theory, and it is a Scriptural one. Perhaps CEO’s are coming to church to ease their conscience. Yes, their conscience.
We all have a conscience. The conscience is our moral awareness of right and wrong (II Corinthians 5:11). Whether we are redeemed or not, we have a conscience and the better it is informed by Scripture, the more likely we are to have a conscience that aligns with God’s will.
But that doesn’t mean that a conscience of a non-Christian is wrong. In Romans 2:12-16, the Apostle Paul says that every person has the law of God written in their heart. This means that every human being has an internal “notifier” of what is pleasing to God and what saddens God.
Now certainly, the more we deny God, the harder our heart becomes and the more likely we are to sear our conscience and be abandoned to our depraved thinking (Romans 1:18-25).
So back to my question – why do we have CEO’s today?
I believe, somewhere in the heart of every man, he knows He was created to worship (Mark 11:17; John 4:0-24; Revelation 22:9). This is why idolatry is so easy – because it is a form of worship. Until we give ourselves to Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will continue to produce idols. Like John Calvin said, our hearts are an idol factory.
CEO’s exist because worship is their designed purpose.
I am thankful we have CEO’s because it is one more opportunity to proclaim the reconciliation of God to every man (II Corinthians 5:19-20). And thank the Lord that there are evidences of His design in His creation in both redeemed and unredeemed humanity.