Why are we obsessed with numbers? Have we no fear? I am reminded of God’s command that Israel’s kings were not to number their people, and yet in promotional piece after promotional piece I read that pastors have churches with this many or that many thousand people. I am reminded of David’s sin when he numbered Israel. Have we no fear?
It seems to me that while there may be legitimate reasons to know numbers, just as there are legitimate reasons to know how much money was given in an offering, that we ought to fear numbers as we should fear our egos and our propensity to trust in numbers. And to use numbers to market a ministry or to attract others to a church? Where is Biblical precedent for that practice and thinking?