Are You Barren?

~ Experiencing worship

I have spent years in the traditional church as a Christian as well as part of the church staff. Because of my background, I had a lack of understanding when it came to this thing called worship. To me it was the song service that we would perfect from week to week, followed by a sermon, and topped of with an invitation. It didn’t vary much from week to week and I found myself grading the service on how much I got out of it. If the music was good then it was a good service. If the sermon and music were good it was a great service. How well it moved me and what I got out of it were the determining factors on how I graded each service.

I had a few friends who were from a charismatic background, and their church was very different than mine. The times when I would go and visit, I found myself chuckling because these people would be dancing, raising their hands, swaying back and forth, and seemed to be extremely into what was going on. For years I found things to say in defense of my ignorance about Charismatics. You see them on television and wonder why they have to get all excited about church. Why do they put on a show to see who can out do each other in their singing and participation? What was wrong with these people? Where is the reverence? Where is the self control? Surely what they where doing was not right! I was embarrassed to be associated with them. I didn’t want the world to put us and them in the same boat. I didn’t want to be associated with those fanatical Christians. Pretty narrow-minded, wasn’t I?

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