Coded for Worship

“…all things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)

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Tonight, I’ve come to the realization that, for most people, the gospel just isn’t what it used to be. It’s bland…

It needs something. Like a soup that needs more spice or coffee that needs more cream, it’s just not cutting it on its own. It’s my belief that, for most American churches, it would be an attendance killer were a pastor, evangelist, or teacher stand up and speak the gospel as it is. No jokes, no flashy presentations, no hip references to pop-culture. Just preach the whole, Biblical, counsel of the gospel of Jesus Christ at each and every appointed time.

It’s my belief that, for most churches, that would spell disaster — at least when it comes to the “numbers” in the church.

I recently had the opportunity to hear a man (who shall remain nameless) speak at a church that has led to a perpetual taste of disappointment in my mouth. This man began speaking by using various stereotypical accents (e.g. a lisp, ethnic-based speech, etc.) and telling jokes that were simply not suited for the pulpit. How disappointing that, in 2007, a man can walk into a church and crack a few racial or sexist jokes from the pulpit of a church and have them be so well-received. I say “well-received” because the crowd’s reaction was not the same as mine. Most people in attendance seemed to love every bit of it, based on the amount and length of corporate laughter.

Yet, not 10 minutes before this man’s babbling began, a choir and a young woman were led in the singing of a song of praise that will, no doubt, fill Eternity. When this song was over, there was a delayed applause and, from my perspective, a lukewarm response to such a powerful song of worship and adoration.

Has the Church in America become a generation made up of nothing but consumers? Are there millions of pews across this country that are filled with Christians who long to have their ears tickled but their consciences left untouched? Perhaps they only seek a little gospel, as D.A. Carson writes…

I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please.

Not too much – just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted.

I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust.

I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture.

From D. A. Carson’s Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians.

It saddens and sickens me that the modern church is become so replete with consumers who expect to be catered to instead of lives wholly devoted to the One who has chosen and changed them through mercy, grace, and love.

In writing this post, even, my own heart is convicted — as it should be. How much of the Gospel do I hunger for? How much of the Gospel do I seek or desire? How much of the Gospel do I live?

Nonetheless, may God use something that I saw as despicable and hurtful (to both believers and unbelievers) for His glory and my good.

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Written by Andy

August 22, 2007 at 11:22 pm

Posted in The Gospel

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