Sunday, June 24, 2007

I hate church

If I hear another bullet pointed sermon or acronym I need to remember to boost my faith I may puke all over a pew. Church should not be a self help series, or a pulpit for a motivational speaker or political activist. It's not a place for you to share your own deep convictions, but rather where the word of God should be read and taught on.

I realized this morning how hard my heart has become from church of all things. I've left many services just broken hearted at how watered down the gospel has been made and leaving with no more knowledge or wisdom than when I entered the building. This weekly process has been so discouraging that I've wondered what the point of going to church was at all.

What enlightened me to my bitterness was attending this awesome church in the middle of nowhere. It's in a modest cement building with young families, and older people (essentially no one my age) where the preacher goes through books of the Bible one chapter per Sunday at a time. It was beautiful. He merely read the passage through gave background context on the culture of the time, elaborated using the literal greek translation, and walked through what God was saying in the passage. He also went into old testament examples to help you to understand the concept and tie everything together. It was hearty teaching that you truely had to pay attention to to keep up with. There's nothing flashy about the place. There is no praise team, just a man leading songs with his guitar. There is no powerpoint presentation, just the passage of scripture projected on the wall. There aren't 1,000 people, maybe around a hundred. No famous songs by worship bands, but beautiful updated hymns. Just stripped down, bare bones theology. I absolutely love it.

1 comment:

JD said...

Wow. I'm glad you enjoyed that service, but I'm confused.
If you're a Christian, then you should surely understand that The Church is "Christ's bride". Church isn't about how the sermon is presented (point form or not). To get lost or disturbed by these little things is to miss the bigger picture: the church is the hope of the world.
I find it contradictory that someone who loves God would put down God's church (in any form). Is that really what you meant by this post?