Worship! May 3, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, faith, God, Jesus, Religion, spirituality, Theology, worship.
Worship is big business today. Worship CDs are in great demand. Many modern Christian bands adapt the style of worship music made popular by bands like Third Day and Delirious because it sells CDs. The Charismatic style worship services have moved to mainline denominations, and many of these churches now have ‘contemporary’ services. People now select a church based on the quality of the worship band. And in the midst of it all, I believe we’ve lost what worship is really all about.
If my kids come up to me and tell me they love me and in the next breath ask for something, the sincerity of their “I love you” is questionable. It’s not that they don’t love me, but their statement was made with a hidden agenda. However, the occasional “I love you” without any expectations is extremely pleasing.
What most Christians now call worship is nothing more than an attempt to experience a good feeling since they approach a “worship service” with that expectation. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with entertainment or having a great experience, however, call it what it is. Many in charismatic circles have even been conditioned to call this feeling “the anointing.”
True worship has nothing to do with singing repetitive songs to some good music. Walking outside on a crisp autumn day and seeing the beauty of the falling leaves and acknowledging our creator is an act of worship. Watching your child laugh and play and being grateful for the gift of life is an act of worship.
I believe that if we wish to honor our creator, the occasional act of gratitude and honoring creation itself is true worship. Treating others well is an act of worship to our creator. Respecting our environment, is an act of worship to its creator.
So next time you attend a church service and experience a good feeling because of the music and the songs, remember it’s just an emotional response to stimulation not necessarily an act of worship. True worship has nothing to do with a building, a band, or a singer with a great voice. In fact, if you never attend another church service, you can still actively participate in honoring your creator (I’m currently testing this theory).