What I couldn’t figure out on my own

Throughout this worship struggle, and really all of life, sometimes I find myself struggling with problems I just cannot voice. Things bugging me that I cannot quite pinpoint. I love when I find an article, video, or even song that puts my unvoiced thoughts into perfect words.

This blog was one of those times.

I think the part that I especially connected with was this:

… When the gospel story is accompanied by a fog machine and light show, I always get this creeped-out feeling like someone’s trying to sell me something. It’s as though we’re all compensating for the fact that Christianity’s not good enough to stand on its own so we’re adding snacks.

When my church added a fog machine to the worship experience, my stomach literally turned. Fog machines are great in concert venues, but in church? Really? In addition to feeling like a show, it makes my eyes itch. Do we really have a need for this? Couldn’t that money be better used for other ministries, like feeding the homeless?

Church is trying too hard to be cool. And in my opinion, often failing miserably. Christianity is usually two trends too late. I end up rolling my eyes at whatever cool tactic they’re trying this week. Stop trying. Just preach the gospel.

I understand the need to make things relevant and accessible to everyone. I get that. But perhaps relevant and accessible is best portrayed through love, grace, and acceptance.

(I will add that although I see her point about disruptive kids and that the story about the boy with cerebral palsy is sad, I don’t completely agree. But I think I’ll save that for another post, rather than jump on my soapbox.)

4 Replies to “What I couldn’t figure out on my own”

  1. WOW. Great post Jamie. Thanks for sharing the link (just added her book to my Amazon shopping cart). The quote you pulled from her post says so much, so succinctly. Dang. I want to hang out with her. And you. No fog machines.

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