I hate it when people who should know better use biblical words in the wrong way. Take, for example, a flyer I recently received in the mail. It reads:
"Living generously extends to the way we worship. When we use our gifts of preaching, teaching, music, drama, and hospitality, we provide an atmosphere that is attractive to others and conducive to true worship. Studies show that most second-time guests return because of the quality of the worship service on their first visit. This places a lot of responsibility on those who use their gifts in support of the worship service."
Where to start?
- The assumption that worship is a service, not a way of life.
- That "quality" of a worship service is based on excellence in performance instead of humbly seeking God.
- The assumption that worship for visitors (at least partially), not Jesus.
- The extreme pressure this puts on pastors.
- The commercialization of the Christian faith (the rest of the piece says, "buy our DVD").
- The idea that a move of God is dependent on our efforts.
I could go on regarding that flyer, but I won't.
Am I being overly sensitive, or does saying things like, "We have such awesome worship at our church" (using TWO words wrong) contribute to some of the problems we've discussed in this blog regarding the faith of our teens?