I promise on everything I hold dear, I am NOT a legalist when it comes to the Word. Lest I be a hypocrite for criticizing legalists while being one myself, I try with all I have not to use any aspect of the Word to beat others over the head. But for real, y’all?! Seriously?:
Not to be outdone, we have the Bish himself, Smooth Eddie:
I can go on and on with these kind of clips, but you get the general point.
The last thing I would consider myself is a prude. But I was raised in somewhat of a conservative church culture where spectacles like dancing, running up and down aisles, speaking in strange jibberish, and jumping all over pews were pretty much put on ice. While there were certain aspects of my old church that consistently drew my criticism, being outlandish and acting a fool was not one of ’em.
A growing trend in this country is our never-ending need to be entertained. Even though we are exposed to virtually every method of entertainment to be found, we seemingly have an insatiable hunger for more. So it is no suprise to me that this lurid and sensationalist behavior has managed to permeate throughout the church. Rather than making worship and the ‘dying of self’ the focal point of the service, we look to “get something out of it”, selfishly places our wants ahead of what God deserves. What God loses each time we show up at church is of little consequence so long as we have a ‘good feeling’ by the time we leave.
We miss the mark on the importance of worship when we allow our own appeal to get in the way (Worship, by the way, is not just chanting prayers or doing ritualistic stuff. We also worship God by how we conduct ourselves outside of church and by how we treat others). At a time where everything is meant to satisify us, we forget all about our ultimate calling. The world sees this; and uses these kind of behaviors to either reinforce long-standing stereotypes about the church or refuse altogether to take the church seriously. In an environment where substance is trumped by entertainment and show, who can blame them? I surely don’t.