Jan 5, 2009

Entertainment or worship?

After attending a Christmas carol event at a local Christian
mega-church, it got me to thinking, why do people actually go
to church in the first place?
I have been to several protestant churches in my time but this
was my first trip to a mega church. It had the big screens,
the multi-colored lights, the theater style seating and stage.
While the musicians were doing their thing, I took time to look
around and noticed that people were actually watching the
screens more than they were looking at the actual entertainers.
I wondered if it was the same way on Sundays when the pastor
was up preaching, if people focused more on the image on the
big screen or on the actual person. We are so used to being
entertained by movies and television, that we tend to ignore
the “personal touch” (so to say).
At the end of the show, the pastor came up and talked for a
while, mixing the Gospel in with real life stories and humor.
People laughed, people listened, we prayed, and we went home.
So, what is it that keeps these mega churches filled?
I think that people are truly searching for God, but they don’t
want to walk through the desert to find Him, they don’t want
to incur soul-searching, sacrificial, painful reflection.
They want some fuzzy, feel good, love everyone except for
those who bring the truth, much like Pontius Pilate did when
the Truth was staring him right in the face.
How can we worship God when there is so much focus on what’s
on the big screen?
We should look at how the early Christians worshipped, how they
prayed, how they fellowshipped, how they loved.
Break the bread and see Jesus, drink the cup of His blood and let
Him teach you true worship.

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