How often does the bible talk about worship (specifically worship of the singing variety)?
Actually, what I’m particularly interested in is how often does the bible tells us about how often and how much we should worship with singing?
If you can tell me that, can you then tell me how many times the bible tells us to help the poor and those in need? How about the widows and the sick and the orphans?
Then, in the new testament, how many times are people instructed to go out and preach the good news, to GO to the people?
I don’t know the answers to these questions. I don’t have a gift for study. I’m terrible at it actually, but what I do know is that I don’t get the feeling that we’ve quite found the right balance in what we do.
How much time, energy and money does the Church plug into creating wonderful worship services and events? How much of our focus and our resources are dedicated to creating the best possible worship environment?
Likewise, how much of our time, energy and money do we plug into helping the poor, the widows, the orphans, the sick and all those in need?
If we look at how much the bible, and particularly Jesus, focussed on the need for bringing love and compassion to the world in a tangible way, and the amount that the bible and Jesus himself focussed on the need for corporate worship, can we truly say that we have the balance right in terms of how we use our resources?
It seems to me that we, here in the 21st Century, put disproportionately too much emphasis on our Sunday services.
I was talking to someone a few weeks ago and she said something that cut me to the heart and has rattled around within me ever since. It was simply this:
The Church seems to be totally focussed on looking after the members of the Church. If you’re ‘in’ then the Church will do all it can to help you and care for you but if you’re ‘out’ of the Church, then it seems not to care about you at all.
The Church “seems not to care”.
I felt ashamed.
What are your thoughts?
Has the Church found the right balance?
Is it even possible to find the right balance?