My family recently visited a new church. The building was beautiful. The people were kind. I admired the diversity in ages, apparent class, and race. I liked what I saw. Huge modern monitors hung everywhere, the newest technology surrounded us. Organization. There was a secure check in system for the children and an apparent wonderful program for my daughter’s age already in process.
Then the music started. Talented vocalist raised their voices. But then the leaders on stage were moving a little too much.
Out of the crowd, I saw a couple hands raise. I shifted in my seat.
I heard an “Amen” yelled out and I bit my lip.
The preacher stepped forward and began his sermon. I got lost in the words for a while and then I noticed a few people wiping away tears. It was a little uncomfortable for me.
And then I realized something. CHURCH SHOULD NOT BE COMFORTABLE!
If I believe this, if I really believe this, church should get a little out of hand sometimes.
If someone is hearing for the first time that they are forgiven of their tormenting sins, I should hear an “Amen.”
If I am really praising the King of Kings and Lord of Lords then I should expect some movement during the worship.
Now, I am not getting into a debate about styles, there are many factors for picking a church, the most important being whether or not the Bible is taught and followed, and I want to know it is REAL! But church is more than preference and style.
I want genuine tears wiped away, I want praise that is not for show, and sinners repenting and loving JESUS.
But I want to be rubbed the wrong way. I want my life to change. I want to hear God’s word and be convicted of sin in my life. I want to cry when I see a need and I want to help someone! I want to not be able to contain the praise for the God of my life that is swelling up in my heart!
God Almighty has searched me and knows me! The One who made the skies loves me and has a plan for my life for me to prosper! The Heavenly Lord of Hosts knit me together in my mother’s womb and he holds my future! Can I get an AMEN?!