This is the fifth chapter of my chapter-by-chapter review of John Dyer’s “From the Garden to the City.” You can read my other posts here.
Worship wars have been around for several millenia. Back in the ancient times people groups would battle to see who’s god was more powerful. Today we are much more civilized; we just critique and bash those who don’t worship like we do. We complain because the songs are too old, or too new, or too fast, or too slow. We complain because it’s too emotional, not emotional. We want more lights and flashyness, or we want it more simple and barebones. We love guitar, or hate guitar, and don’t even get me started on drums.
Yet, what does God really care about? What part of worship would God critique? Our hearts. You see, God cares less about the technology we use to worship and more about the theology behind our worship. What do we really believe about God that drives us to worship?
I know I’ve had to repent at times, because I have looked down on churches for their lame technology, or their organ music, or a song leader who sings off key, or worse, a super cheesy song leader. But I have to remember that God doesn’t care about their organ or their vocal talents. God cares about their hearts.
What’s the worship like at your church? What’s your favorite element of the worship service?
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