Attending the building we know as, “church,” we are face to, well, not face to face. We are face to back of head. We are at a performance. Much like a theatre. The director, also known as a Pastor, is at the stage. There may be a band on the stage, or a choir, or both. At many of these places, the director instructs the audience to turn and greet the people around them. That part is usually very short, and mostly fake. More production must commence.
I found all of this very odd when I began attending these places several years ago. There I was in a small theatre being directed to lift my hands, sing, greet, sit and stand. Then I was usually instructed to put money into a plate. The next week I was handed a “program,” and it stated how much expenses were to run the production, and how much money was given the previous week. The total given was usually less than the amount needed to “run” the establishment.
Am I the only one who sees something wrong with all of this?
If you enjoy those things, then that is your business. Personally, I think it only robs me of a true experience with the Lord. It makes it all seem like entertainment. Theatres provide entertainment. Center-stage theatrics provide emotional stimulation.
Where is the heart of worship? Is it in the emotional stimulation we find as we go to the little theatre? Or, is it in the talk of the child of God, face to face with another? If we would just turn those pews towards each other and let everyone have a voice, instead of just listening to those on the stage, maybe we could learn what His true Church is all about. His people. Their hearts and struggles. Their sins and strengths. We could search His Word, together. We could learn from one another. We could pray for one another after seeing the expressions within their faces. I’ve never seen an expression on the back of someone’s head. We could glorify the Lord instead of blindly glorifying a grand production and a distorted view of His Church.
Give me an intimate, raw group of realness. Real people facing real problems. Not some smiley, dressed to the nines, everything in my life is perfect and I’m doing everything right by showing up here group. I want to see your face. I want to see the face of a sinner seeking God. Let’s see each other for who we are, in Him. Anyone can go to a theatre and watch a show.