Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation, and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city. Its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978.
As I stood there this week while attending a gathering for Ministry leaders, I was struck by how many people trek all over the world to see this building. It is a tourist trap and is still used for theater and special music gatherings, Yet, if you put this piece of concrete on the corner of some Podunk City in America they would probably consider tearing it down.
There is nothing about it on the outside that is special. In fact, it is quite ordinary. You can't park in front of it, your have to walk for blocks to get to it, and you have to dish out tons of cash before you even decide to tour it. But people will do most anything to make that happen.
Well, for me it was an iPhone4 photo polished up with a Picasso HD Setting.
But it did make me think... why are people coming? Why would they deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic, drop hundreds of dollars, snap 20 pictures, and pay an exorbitant fee to look around this ancient building?
Because something famous happened here, and people want to somehow say they were there! It hit me like a tons of bricks as I stood there, would people run to our church, our home, our businesses just to be close to where something famous had happened? Is Jesus oozing out of our lives in such a way that people will drive for miles, empty their pocketbook to get near the "Famous ONE?" Or has the Famous One left the house?
Please God may your Fame return to our buildings and lives so that people run to you again!