In our American-ized culture, we all know we can pretty much take anything and "have it our way".
Same holds true for our churches.
Drums/no drums? Choir/no choir? Regular/Decaf? Pews/Chairs? NIV/KJV/ESV?
Good/bad, right/wrong - I don't know - but I just can't help but laugh at us (the Church) when I see 4 churches on a street corner (literally sharing parking lots - I've seen it) that all look/sound/smell/act the same, and the only difference is the color of carpet. Or the Bible translation. Or the use of technology...etc...
I'm being silly; but it's true! I know of many churches who split, hired the same architect, and wanted to make a copy of the church they grew up in BUT wanted to change one thing...all in the name of making it just what they want.
So, at first glance you (and myself) might think that we are just plain silly in our American Country Club churches, and if you look at any other church around the world you'll see just how blessed (spoiled) we are.
But my wife and I were talking about this yesterday, and just had to ask: Is going to a Burger King church really so bad?
We couldn't come up with an answer; just thoughts:
(These are in context of a Believer who is searching for a new church community to call home)
If you're like most people, you have music, teaching, vibe, and other taste preferences when it comes to corporate worship gatherings.
So, if you go a church where the music style is NOT what you like, do you call that a distraction? Can it be? Possibly.
What if the teaching is amazing, and REALLY speaks to you? Do you stay? Do you "SUFFER" through the music for the teaching? (I can't believe I used that word: suffer)
What if you LOVE the music, but don't get anything out of the teaching? Do you worship corporately at that church but listen to another pastor online? (We did; and I bet a lot reading do too.)
What if you have kids? The Children's Church at this church is the best in the area; but the rest of the "church" is bland to you...
So, can you/do you strive to find the "perfect" church?
(Ha...yeah, there is no such thing. But I am saying that in our country, it's likely that you are able to find a church home that "fits" your preferences.)
The bottom line questions to ask are is:
Do you worship "better" (whatever that means) in a church that fits your preferences? If you do, is that...wrong?
Are we so conditioned in our country to not stop looking/wanting until we find the "perfect fit", that we are never satisfied with the simple act of worshiping Christ?
Mon, March 18, 2013
by Camron Ware