Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Uncivilized Worship - Part 1

I've been mulling over some thoughts for a while and just thought I would share. What it comes down to is... I think we are too civilized in our worship.

In an effort to become sanctified, I think we make ourselves sterile. In an attempt to be holy, we become hallow. We try to be Worship Leaders, instead of just worshippers who happen to be leading. We need to let God do the cleansing while we do the worshipping.

We were designed to infiltrate, not separate. Be in the world, and not of the world. We focus too much on the not of the world part instead of the in the world part. I think it's because we don't go deep enough to be able to stand alone. We do OK as long as we're surrounded by a bunch of people who are trying to do the same thing, but outside of that context we shrink.

If we want to reach the seeking, the hurting, and the next generation, then we have to speak the language of the seeking, the hurting, and the next generation. I'm not talking about looking cool, I'm talking about intentionally BEING relevant and readable. We've got to remove the religion out of our voice. Remove the church out of our dress and manner. Remove the stoic Pharisee out of our worship.

Jesus did it and did it well... there was nothing religious or predictable about Him. He was as raw and real as it got. We have to learn how to be completely connected with the Holy Spirit, and yet fully relevant to those around us.


Stacey said...

I agree with you 100% and only intimacy with the Lord will get us there. We can't figure it out with our minds, we have to let the God show us through the Holy Spirit.

Hope Clark said...

HE's the best teacher in the world. :)