I WAS JUST THINKIN'...
Wayne Raney may have been inadvertently prophetic when he penned these words to an old gospel song in the 50's: "We need a whole lot more of Jesus And A Lot Less Rock-n-Roll."
Do we need a lot less "Rock-n-Roll"? No doubt we need a whole lot more of Jesus! Don't get me wrong, I like R&R. I was raised on Larry Norman. But what is happening in our churches? Do we have too much show-time in our services and not enough of the basic, simple focus on the One whom it is all about?
Perhaps the church is entertaining too much and not teaching enough. I like what Charles Spurgeon asked; "...are we amusing goats or feeding sheep?"
I have some skeptical concerns about modern day trends in our churches. Os Guiness got me thinking about it and I can't get it off my mind. It's almost impossible to find one evangelical congregation that has not grasped the coat tails of The Purpose Drive Life, 40 Days of Purpose, Willow Creek Small Group methodology, Seeker Sensitivity, etc. Since when is God's will for individual churches "rubber-stamped" as a one size fits all methodology? C.H. Spurgeon would very likely say "never!".
I don't think it has to be so complicated. I grew up in a church that sang the old hymns, taught Biblical doctrine and theology and kept me on the right path. I mostly enjoyed Sunday night services as a youth. There was no entertainment, just straight forward Truth.
In 1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul said that Christ sent him to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none affect.
Maybe we are getting in the way with show-time. Let's point to the cross. Let's preach Christ crucified in the highways and the hedges and see what happens. Godspeed!