Church is boring.
Be honest. You’ve thought it. You’ve said it. You’ve complained about it. I have too.
The sermons are too long or wordy or confusing. The music is so 1600s, or, it’s too contemporary.
There’s a big screen up front (or two), or, there is no screen up front. There are people there who make us uncomfortable. Certainly, we can find other things to do to occupy our time.
When I am the center of attention and life is like this big HD, big-screen TV on which everything passes by for my amusement and enjoyment and entertainment…of course, church is boring.
What does God think? Honestly? He gets bored with us. The same sins, the same hurtful ruts and patterns. Worshipping one moment and gleefully sinning the next. Perhaps even avoiding worship for reasons that displease and dishonor him. God told Isaiah to tell the Israelites: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and…their sins…On the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.” (Isaiah 58:1,3b,4) “Fasting” here is equivalent to worship.
You and I are guilty of the same. And God is tired of it. That he might be bored is the least of our worries.
Repentance is called for. Immediately. Daily. And weekly in worship! A repentant heart and a God-centered mindset make for a far more uplifting worship experience regardless of sermon length/style, music style, or the aesthetics of the sanctuary.
Church will never be boring again! See you this weekend – either in person or online!
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand