I went to a Christmas Eve service at a church in Houston. The stage (and yes, I do mean a stage with stage curtains) was decked out with quite a few fancy Christmas trees. There were stage lights putting on a light show. There was a camera mounted on a long arm. There were also large viewing screens. I felt that the Christmas Eve service was more of a show than a worship service.
The problem with many churches today is that they seem to be more show than worship. Praise teams sing innocuous praise songs. Sermons soothe and placate rather than convict. Parishioners leave feeling really good about themselves instead of feeling convicted of sin and the need to draw closer to God. It’s so easy to go unnoticed in a megachurch.
I love the old hymns. Those hymns were written from the heart and really speak to the heart. I don’t mind having a band, but I liked it when there was just a piano or a piano and organ which didn’t drown out the voices.
I miss the sermons which would inspire me to change and do better.
I’m sure Paul would have a lot to say about a lot of today’s churches. First of all, there needs to be much more prayer in churches. I’m not talking about prewritten prayers, but prayers from the heart and inspired by God. Secondly, those who indulge in sinful practices shouldn’t be allowed in the churches without repenting and changing their ways. Paul was very clear about this. First Corinthians chapter 5 addresses believers and sin.
Churches need to be a place for followers of Christ. They need to be a place where believers can hear the true word of God without misinterpretation or being watered down. Churches need to be places where the members can worship God together and encourage each other. They need to provide physical and spiritual support for their members and the community. I think we need to read about the New Testament church and get back to the basics. A weekly show doesn’t fit the bill.
Give me a worship service.