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True Worship

At Out of Ur, Scot McKnight makes one of the most original and thought-provoking comments on worship that I may have ever seen. He clearly and concisely articulates what I think is wrong with worship and the design of worship services in our churches today.

McKnight thinks that we have turned the love of God into an emotional high.  We are more in love with the idea of loving God than we are into actually loving Him.  He says:

My contention is rather simple: the shaping of a Sunday service or a worship event or a concert in order to generate a profound experience might emerge from a courtly-love sense of worship. The expectation of such an experience on the part of the worshiper might also emerge from a courtly sense of worship. The opening of the Bible to read in search of an experience, or the entrance into a prayer time in order to rediscover some powerful emotion might also emerge from the intrusion of courtly love into how many today understand spirituality.

Let’s call this was it is: spiritual eroticism. And those who are good at it can be called spiritual erotics.

Please, Please, read his whole post and discover the meaning of “courtly love.”  And let’s ask ourselves if it describes us. 

It doesn’t matter what worship style we like, whether we are traditional and like an organ and hymns, or if we like a more up-tempo but blended service, or whether we prefer a full blown worship band.  No matter our style, we may come to church more for the experience than for the act of actual worship.  We fall in love with love, rather than with Christ.

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  1. May 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    “We fall in love with love”…I think that is a great danger. In our churches we need to be teaching a more holistic and Biblical understanding of worship outside of the song singing Sunday morning gathering.

  2. Ryan Prudhomme
    May 7, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Oswold Chambers puts it this way:

    One of the great snares of thie Christian worker is to make a fetish out of his rare moments. When the Spirit of God gives you a time of inspiration and insight, you say “Now I will always be like this for God.” No, you will not, God will take care you are not. Those times are the gift of God entirely. You cannot give them to yourself when you choose. If you say you will only be at your best, you become an intolerable drag on God; you will never do anything unless consciously inspired. If you make a god of your best moments, you will find that God will fade out of your life…

    This all plays into the rise in emotional spirituality and the need for foundational devotion of the mind along with the emotional component. Too many Christians are being led where the wind blows because their faith is rooted in an emotional high and not on surrendering their lives.

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