Every other Thursday is Theology Thursday! Today’s topic is a different perspective on our culture and entertainment. Let’s jump right into it.
Our world is a very entertainment centered culture, and I feel like the church has caught onto that trend. The need for entertainment in the church is especially prevalent in many youth ministries. Conferences, worship services, and even pastors and speakers, are focused on keeping the youth’s attention by being relevant and entertaining.
Take light shows and loud music for example. There’s nothing wrong with light shows. I don’t hate light shows. The problem with light shows and loud music is their ability to be distracting.
Why do you watch TV?
Like ever. Why?
Because you want to be distracted. You want to be taken out of the real world and into an imaginary one.
The same applies with other forms of entertainment.
Entertaining = Distracting
I’m not saying that entertainment is wrong, though most of us are way too caught up in it these days. I just think that the church shouldn’t be your weekly source of entertainment.
We’ve lost the quiet. The humble feeling of knowing God’s Presence through a simple song. Through a moment alone, reflecting on the Word. Through a simple sermon, preaching the simple truth.
Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.
In the stillness, we take the focus off of ourselves and put it solely on God. When we see God clearly without anything clouding our view of Him, we begin to grow deeper in our relationship with Him. We begin to get to know Him for who He is.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 9:11-12
In this story, Elijah was seeking the Lord. Because he was seeking the Lord, he could recognize that gentle whisper as the Lord’s voice. That’s what the church is missing. We drown out that still, small voice to keep the people’s attention. We ignore it. For our own selfish entertainment.
I want to make it clear that there is nothing wrong with the occasional loud, fun, silly song, or the pastor making a pop-culture related joke in his sermon. Or even a light show:)
I don’t expect people to throw away their phones and cancel their TV services. I still struggle with controlling the amount of media in my life. Entertainment can be consuming. But we can still take a step in the right direction. Our God is awesome and He deserves our attention. We need to bring back the moments of quiet stillness, and the clear, unobstructed view of our Father.