Church as Theater
There are quite a few Hitler wannabes in Chirsitain circles that want to direct the actions of others and quite a few more Superman wannabes that want to show off their ability to accomplish what has been declared. In theater terms the writer / director slot is filled with the Hitler wannabes and the actor slots are filled with the Superman wannabes.
This plays out in a remarkably consistent way. We can see in the description of the Pharisees the very human tendency to parade oneself before and admiring audience;
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Hypocrites = hupokrites = "speak from under a mask" = an assumed role
People were trying to turn Christianity into a managed system of performance right from the beginning such as reserving the better seats for the important members of the audience.
James 2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
The important people in the theater are the good looking, well spoken, and intelligent they are the director and actors. The rest of us end up as stage hands, cooks, costumers, and maintenance people.
Christianity was never supposed to be about performance. Without performance there can be no competition for who is "best". Without performers, there is no division between actor and audience. Christianity was never supposed to be a picture of or approximation of a better life. It was always supposed to be about a life transformed through the power of God.
We live our life through relationships and it is the power of God that can transform a selfish heart to a loving one. This reality is manifest through our relationships. We do not appear better, we are made better.
Church should not be a place where we dress well, and do not use bad language, it should be an assembly of sinners, helpless to make ourselves better and all living in total dependence on our Savior.