Recently, i read "They like Jesus, but not the church" by Dan Kimball. The title pretty much speaks for itself. Here are the six observations he found as he asked people about church:
1.the church is an organized religion with a political agenda
2.the church is judgemental and negative
3.the church is dominated by males and oppresses females
4.the church is homophobic
5.the church arrogantly claims all other religions are wrong
6.the church is full of fundamentalists
Now compare those observations with the answers that Rick Warren got when he asked people about church 20 years ago:
1.church is boring, especially the sermons. the messages don't relate to my life
2.church members are unfriendly to visitors.
3.the church is more interested in my money than in me
4.we worry about the quality of the church's child care
at this point, i don't really care to give my opinion on the matter. it's not a cop-out, i'd just rather let those observations sink in. suffice to say that "They like Jesus, but not the church" was a good, quick read. And one that i'll probably reread a couple times.