Monday, January 28, 2008

What say ye?

Yesterday I heard a preacher on the radio talking about enjoying church. He talked about how church ought to be fun, but often it is not; that we should enjoy going to church, but often we do not. I agree that church should be an enjoyable experience for the child of God.

But after that point of agreement (which most would probably agree to in one sense or another), churches and preachers diverge widely on what is the problem and what is the solution. If you think the problem is the church service itself, then you will look at something TO DO to make the service more exciting, more entertaining, more enlightening, more enterprising, more exhilarating, and a hundred other "ings". What if the problem is in the heart? If you think the problem is in the people who are attending the church service, you know there's nothing you can do about the heart. Only God changes hearts. Perhaps that's why multitudes of churches retreat from a problem they can do nothing about and start changing things about the church service -- something they can address.

Now, I won't argue that there is nothing about any church services that needs to be changed. BUT when people who claim to have found hope in Christ as their Lord and Saviour do not enjoy singing His praises, praying to Him, studying His word, hearing His Word expounded, and such like, doesn't that indicate a heart problem that new programs and new ideas just won't address?

What say ye?

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