Modern Worship: A Waste of Time?
You don't have to listen to music or sing out loud or put your hands up or close your eyes or kneel to worship God or to get closer to Him.
People easily get caught up in the moment, in the music, and believe God is moving them.
Ever been to a rock concert? People do the same things. They put their fists up in the air. They dance around. They jump. They bang their heads. They don't just sing along, they SCREAM along. Are they filled with the Holy Spirit? Are they being moved by God? Or are they just reacting to the music, the people, and the atmosphere?
So why do we, as Christians, worship God the same way concert-goers worship rock icons?
Think about the places you've worshiped. In church, in chapel, with a few close friends, by yourself? We either worship alone or we worship in the company in other Christians. No real risk on our part. We won't get ridiculed or persecuted like Jesus says will happen to us. It's safe. We leave the same as we came in.
Romans 12:1 says: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of WORSHIP."
We don't sacrifice anything at worship services. In fact, I have often caught myself thinking "If it is a good service, I'll feel better afterwards". Worshiping should be giving, not receiving. How about instead of singing songs we go out and do something that actually matters. Christianity is not about making ourselves feel good. That's called worshiping yourself. Let's sacrifice ourselves for the good of someone else who can't repay. Jesus sacrificed His very life for us, knowing we would still reject Him, continuing to sin. If we follow Christ, shouldn't we be doing the same?
In that spirit, let's go out and help people. Let's tell people about Christ. Let's give a struggling family enough money to make it. Let's show love to an outcast. Let's give shelter to the homeless. Let's feed the hungry. These are all things Jesus commanded us to do. Why are we wasting our time singing songs?