Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Church should be boring (so to speak)
Church should be boring and it is only the boring church that changes you. What changes you more? Fifty years of marriage or an exciting six month affair? The exciting church is simply silly because it is church based on what you want and like. Nothing could be further from the faith. The exciting church is spiritual pornography, a spiritual blockbuster, a spiritual video game, a spiritual rock concert. You can’t live in any of those places. They are not real. Church needs to be real. If there is a spectrum with "exciting" on one end and "boring" on the other end, then to which end of the spectrum would these activities be closer: working a nine to five job? caring for a spouse after being married 30 years? raising several children? learning? practicing? serving someone extremely needy? cleaning? exercising? There is no doubt these activities are closer to the boring end of things. Yet they are all very important and profound activities. They are all things God wants us to be faithful in through the boredom and difficulty. So why have we fallen for the lie that the Church's worship (hymnody, liturgy, preaching, sacraments) should be exciting and if it is not then the church is "dead" and we should divorce it or quit it?