So church has been a source of contention for me lately. I do not understand how churches became conglomerates and how everyone started to climb some illusory corporate ladder in the sanctuary. This is not a blanket indictment against the so called mega-churches either. There are churches of all sizes that have lost site of their mission.
My friend posted something on Facebook the other day about how everyone wants a title in the church now. It’s so true. My father is a preacher and when I was growing up him and all his preacher friends were just Reverend. Now we have Bishops, Prophets/tess, Evangelist and the oh so new Psalmist. I’m not hating on the titles (although I think Psalmist is just doing too much), but what is the motivation behind the titles. Seriously, what changes you from a Reverend to a Bishop? How do you become that? Is it like getting your stripes or something?
Also, back in the day when I was young, anyone could sing in the choir. You just showed up to the practice (usually in your play clothes) and you could sing. I am almost tone deaf, but they even let me lead a song. Now, we have tryouts for the church choir. This baffles me. What ever happened to Make a Joyful Noise? Then, there is the problem with the coveted Mic spots. Some people don’t mind not being on the mic, but for some it is a real sore spot. Needless to say, I can understand their issue because it does create a quasi hierarchy in the choir. It separates the wheat from the tare when it comes to vocal ability. It just seems to me that you can’t hear the people on the Mic anyway, so why not just pass the mic from time to time.
Then there is all the flashing lights and production aspects. As much as I hate to say this, it is somewhat of a show. I understand the reasoning because in order to get people in the door and compete with the other churches, every church seems to need a little bit of a gimmick. When the message become secondary to the production with every minute planned, I have an issue. There just seems to be little room in the minute by minute schedule to allow the spirit to just move. Every actor has to be on stage and off within their allotted time slot.
I do not say all this to advertise against church. I plan to be a life long church goer and I think it is necessary for my life. However, sometimes the business, the hierarchy and the production make it hard for me to focus on the purpose. It’s just a little busy in there. Simplicity is just better sometimes and more effective.