Things Christians are afraid to admit

worshipsongsI 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.

chacosI 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?

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Dana

Ok… This is REALLY bad…
Here goes! My sweet friends Tammy & Ben know this not so secret, “secret.”
But, sometimes, “somebody” just might thing the words to a well known praise chorus sound more like an intimate love song & just might think of their hubby instead of God. Eeeeekkk!

Tandy Adams

I get tired of hearing prayer requests from the same person every Wednesday night. Sometimes it’s her cousins, boyfriends, great aunt whose dog sick, but it’s always something. Not that God doesn’t care, but He may be the only one who does.

Ben Condray

The obvious: there are things in the bible that we don’t understand – unless we are John Piper

We laugh at inappropriate humor. We feel guilty about it later and journal our prayers of confession but we DO laugh

Statistically married Christians have more sex than married unChristians AND single people of both groups. Oh, wait. You said things we DIDN’T want to admit….

C

I DO understand what John Piper is talking about, but a lot of it I don’t agree with it. THAT’s something I’m afraid to admit in certain Christian circles.

Kelly King

I don’t know if this counts, but I get really uncomfortable when preachers talk about their wives being “hot.” And shame on you for not liking Chacos. They are awesome, even college is a distant memory.

Cynthia

I have heard they’re comfortable, but have never actually put a pair on my feet so I’ll take your word for it. I wonder if any of those “hot” preacher’s wives wear Chacos. Hmmm… 🙂

Alexis

I love the chacos comment but really thats a true statement for college students, people from Colorado, outdoor people, etc. Actually I have hardly seen chacos at the christian college near here. I see them a lot more at the secular schools.

Jessica

I hate the after the first song meet and greet! My hands are always cold, and then people comment on it or I feel bad about forcing my cold hand to shake, or there’s always the awkward moment where either you or someone else tries to give you a handshake but you didn’t notice. OR you shake 3 hands and are done, but everyone around you is still going strong…..if I want to greet people I’d like the option of doing it before/after service, not MAKING me do it without actually giving me time to really greet! LOL, apparently I’ve let that one fester:)

Cynthia

Yes, I think the greeting time is based on the assumption that most people wouldn’t naturally do that on their own. Sadly, the welcoming of guests is not on the minds of most regular church-goers.

Asher

Here’s mine: I don’t think the Bible says the same things to everybody. Yes, all the words are the same — depending, of course, on what translation you use — but just as disciples who witnessed the same Jesus wrote different gospels about him, Christians today reading the same stories and teachings will get different lessons from them. I don’t think there’s only one “right” way to interpret most scriptures; that’s why God’s word is described as “living and active” and “able to judge the intentions of the heart” — it’s not just a static that-means-this book (as a law would be) but a personal book that means something different to each person.

Cynthia

If you mean that God uses His Word to speak to us in different ways at different times, then I agree completely. It is definitely not static! There have been times I have read a familiar verse and God shows it to me in a different way and teaches me something completely new. But part of the Old Testament is Law, and many Scriptures are direct commands. When Jesus says things like, “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6), there’s only one interpretation.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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