I am not much of a church going person. I am a Christian, but for many reasons known only to me and God I rarely go to church. Some of you might say, well, if you were a Christian you would want to go. I can only reply to you that is isn't I don't want to go but I can't go. And, some of you will probably want to pray for me, and that is fine. I pray for myself all the time and I know my dad, mom, and step-mom have prayed for me faithfully. But, it is what it is and that is all I am going to say on that subject.
Now, the reason for this blog entry is simple, can or should worship services to God be entertaining? I ask this question because that is what I see as happening in a lot of churches today. It would seem people have to be entertained at all times, even at church. If I did go to church I don't know that I could or would tolerate this. To me it seems the entertaining part just takes away from the worshiping part.
The few times I have gone to church in recent years I must admit I have felt uncomfortable. I see worship services as big productions instead of worship. There are people who raise their hands, sway to the music, singers with mics in their hands, and even light shows to make it more dramatic. I just don't get it. Maybe it has something to do with my age, and maybe it has a lot to do with the fact I rarely go to church. I don't know. But as someone looking from afar, I am confused. The big productions seem to me to be more about the entertainers than God.
I will give you case in point. I was visiting in a church several months ago and the traditional part of the service was much like the services in which I grew up attending. But, about half way through the traditional service they switched to the contemporary service and things really changed. The congregation/audience started swaying with the music and it was performance time. I noted one gentleman who was sitting close to me. He had been quite, and I assume worshiping, during the traditional service. But, when the music got louder, the singers came out, and the light show began he all of the sudden seem to get what used to be called as "happy". His hand flew up in the air and he was, I am assuming, worshiping.
I am not saying that an entertaining service cannot be a worship service any more than I am saying to worship it must be traditional. I just think the church ought to call if as it is, a show. Maybe a show in which one can worship, but nonetheless a show.
I probably shouldn't care or have an opinion on this subject given my status, or lack there of, with the church. I guess I really don't have a dog in the fight. But, as one who did grow up in the church, it just bothers me. If I ever did have an inclination to get back in church, I don't think I could handle it.
Please take this for what it is worth. I love church goers. I love non-church goers. I love everybody. That's because I love God!
Till next time...