I got a funny text from a friend not too long ago, wondering if it’s OK for Christians to begrudge certain worship songs. He felt guilty about not wanting to “Bless the Lord, oh my soul,” but couldn’t help it.
I can relate. I listen to Christian radio a lot, and they play some songs to literal death. In some instances, I find myself almost wanting to find a station playing AC/DC’s “T.N.T.” so I can sing along to that, instead. At least the chorus.
Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful!” but I have found that too much of a good thing can also make you want to stab yourself in the eye.
Regardless of your stance on the number of times it is appropriate to sing a worship song, you have to admire my friend’s willingness to voice his feelings. It’s hard to admit that you don’t want to sing what is arguably the most well-loved worship song of the day. People might judge you for saying that out loud, or blogging about it, for instance.
There are other things we are hesitant to voice, for fear of seeming less spiritual than we should. Since it’s List Wednesday, I thought we could explore a few of them.
Some things Christians are afraid to admit:
I haven’t seen the movie “Courageous.” Say that out loud in your community group next week; I dare you. While we obviously can’t say they are requirements for salvation, there are certain books and movies that are viewed by many as good indicators of one’s spirituality. I’m just saying that if you haven’t read Francis Chan’s Crazy Love, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The greeters at church creep me out. The intention behind the greeter concept is pure, and these are great people with wonderful servant’s hearts. Where it falls apart sometimes, in my opinion, is in the spacing and intensity. There is a fine line between being pleasantly welcomed to church, and feeling like you’re on the red carpet at the Emmys.
I don’t like all the meaningful call-in stories on the Christian radio station. I’m not saying the personal anecdotes aren’t touching; I’m just saying I change the channel when people start sharing them.
I have no idea what John Piper is talking about. Don’t be ashamed. That dude is deep, and uses really big words. I’m not even sure he knows sometimes.
I don’t like Chacos. If you’re unaware, Chacos are standard footwear for Christian college students. They’re kind of like a modern-day Ichthys, the not-so-secret symbol by which 20-somethings identify one another as Christ-followers. But what about the young believer who doesn’t like the colorful, adjustable straps or want a separate compartment for his big toe?
When the preacher tells everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes, I peek. Especially when the “bow your heads and close your eyes” directive is used as a guise for the conclusion of the sermon…but that’s probably a topic for another blog post. Don’t get me wrong; it’s important to respect the authority of spiritual leaders, and I try to keep my eyes closed. But in every other social setting I can think of, except maybe when getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist, it’s rude to close your eyes when someone is talking to you. They might think you’re praying…kind of like what the preacher said we were going to do.
What are some things you think Christians are afraid to admit?