Has the church changed? Or, have I?
I haven’t been to an official Sunday church service in months, but I strive to go to chapel at work each week. Today was the first chapel service of the Spring 2019 semester, and it felt different, but not in a good way. Service seemed flat, predictable, and uninspired. I wanted to return to my office almost as soon as I had arrived.
God does not change, so it was either me or the church community here that was not what it used to be or what it should be.
What was missing? I looked at the screen that displayed song lyrics and announcements, I observed the pastor, and suddenly, I didn’t want fancy images on a screen or jokes or songs that have too many words but little substance. I wanted sincere Christianity, humility, and authenticity without the frills that are designed to impress audiences accustomed to entertainment.
After a while, the worship leaders sang “the name of Jesus,” and they repeated this phrase over and over. This was my answer. I just want Jesus. I don’t want the extra steps so many churches here go through to dress up service. These trappings are meaningless and remove our focus from the only reason why I even go to chapel: to worship Jesus Christ.