I post a humble article about rethinking church worship service…
It BLOWS UP!
Conclusion: Church worship stirs passion.
Sadly, Passion’s companion is seldom Reasonableness.
During the recent debate over the state of modern worship, this quote was tossed into the discussion:
“We Christians sure are good at spotting the specks despite our planks, aren’t we?”
Whenever believers debate, inevitably someone lobs this pious pipe bomb into the conversation.
Always thrown from the holy high-ground, it is intended to silence arguments.
As if a disagreement is a sin.
Ultimately these words steer the discourse toward the most misunderstood, misquoted and misused mandate in all of Christendom:
Never seen in its natural habitat of context, the command is the chosen weapon of neophyte Bible warriors wanting to participate in conversations without the encumbrance of cogent thought.
These folks hold to the delusion that I need to constantly be reminded that I’m not perfect.
Further, they suggest that imperfection disqualifies me from commentary on the subject at hand.
After all, there’s a plank in my eye, right?
Here’s the whole judge/speck/plank story as Jesus laid it out:
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
When I judge you, I need to be prepared for equal scrutinization and criticism coming back at me.
…as long as I’m not shooting my neighbor’s pets, I can tell you it’s wrong to shoot my dog.
…if I’m not watching Game of Thrones, I can tell you it’s trashy porn and you shouldn’t watch it.
…if I’m not unfaithful to my wife, I can tell you it’s wrong to cheat on your wife.
Not only that…
…I’m actually SUPPOSED to criticize.
It’s an act of kindness when I judge that you need a speck removed.
Here’s the important, final point:
Criticising ideas, methods, processes or concepts is not judging you.
Your doctrine, philosophy and point of view are not sacred.
The worship service is not rendered with ‘Thus Saith The Lord’.
Do you want to be told when there’s something stuck in your teeth?
Do you want to be told when your pants are unzipped?
If your idea is stupid…
…don’t you want to know?
Instead of being angry, you ought to thank me.
I would do the same for you.