Thursday, April 03, 2008

This is a tragedy

I wouldn't normally re-post a whole post by someone else, but I think this needs to be heard. This is a tragedy akin to that fable about a man drowning and asking for God to save him... and then ignoring the rescue helicopter he provides. Actually, it's worse because this is a true story, and while I'm not sure it's a widespread issue, it's not unique either. Mo writes:
It's a long time since I had the experience, although it brought memories flooding back of being a staff worker...recently for the first time in ages I spoke at a Christian event where quite a number of individuals sat and talked, laughed, left the room and came back and ignored me while I was speaking. So I was offended - and I need to get over that.

But what I was doing was a kind of led Bible study from the front. And said-same people in the time they were supposed to be looking at God's word (ironically in a passage that itself describes God's word as more precious than gold, and sweeter than honey) messed about, some of them didn't even pick up the printed out text to read it, and talked about all manner of things except the Bible. I mean, fair play if you don't want to listen to me - I can be boring and irritating sometimes - but to so blatantly ignore God. It makes me sad. Gutted really.

This makes me sadder: we then had a 40 minute "worship" time where the same people passionately cried out to God to change them, help them, grow them from the inside out. He's happy to. Through his word. The exact process the passage , Psalm 19, describes, in fact. There was endless praying for anointing and blessings and all manner of things. But little respect for one of the greatest blessings God has given us - his precious word.

It makes me sad. I guess I'm a little cloistered these days, not having seen that "theology" in action for a while, I assumed it wasn't really out there any more. But it is. With a vengeance. Passionate "worship" without a regard for God's word. It needs a modern day minor prophet. It makes me sad. How many riches are there in God's precious word if we will only actually look at it, dig into it and treasure it. It is restoration for the soul, and light to the path. So sad. Pray with me for a generation who will see that what God has to say to us is infinitely more important than what we will sing to him.
Mo - next time be the minor prophet and confront them. Thankfully there are plenty of contexts where God's people are passionately worshipping him AND enjoying the sweet taste of His word.

1 comment:

  1. Your post reminds me of what I read yesterday over at 9marks blog by Greg Gilbert.

    He said:

    "I wonder if it hasn’t created a generation of functional mystics who gauge their relationship with God by emotional experience rather than the objective reality of redemption. "