If I’ve been to one, I’ve been to a hundred church services where someone will by hyping the crowd up, and I can bet $100 they will say something to the effect of: “If the Cats were winning you wouldn’t be quiet right now!”
Am I the only man that cringes when taunted with this? Am I the only one that want’s to set the record straight about why a dumb basketball game is nowhere near on the same plane as worship? Am I the only one that is appalled that the person trying to get me to add to the collective hype in the room doesn’t have a clue of the depth of my faith? I could go on!
Nothing wrong with praising God and being excited about what God is doing. Shouting with a loud voice, dancing, clapping, etc is all mentioned throughout the Bible.
BUT don’t shame me if I’m standing there like a bump on a pickle. Not moving. Looking up. Looking around. Breathing. Thinking. Being still. Don’t judge my praise, or my lack of outward expression. And for real, don’t make me bring my connection with my Creator DOWN to the level of a stupid sports game! If I want a moment of respect for the One who sent someone to die for me so he can overlook everything I’ve done wrong as if I never had anything to do with those things – Let me have it, and forget about having a photo op or a hyped crazy moment involving me!
By the way I love attending a church that’s hyped for Jesus. If someone wants to jump, scream, shout, dance, cry, be still, not do a thing, or do all of the above – and they have the freedom to do it in your church – I’m all in!
Anyone else feel this way?