“Worship is a form of entertainment, if people are not entertained, they don’t feel like they’re participating.”
I came across this rather interesting quote the other day concerning the state of worship in today’s church. I tried to track down this quote and found it is an old quote. It originally appeared in the article ‘Churches Crank Up Volume With High-tech Sound Systems‘ in the 01 February 2003 edition of the Washington Post. Here’s a link to the article which was also published in the Orlando Sentinel.
I love this quote for it oozes with so many questions and ideas that begs to be asked and explored.
Is there room for entertainment in worship? If so, how much and in what way?
Does this say anything about how we understand what is worship?
Does this say anything about our relationship with God?
I have observed some friends in worship settings where there is just only someone leading worship with an acoustic guitar. Nothing fancy. They are not so interested and look bored as they sit back and not participate. However when I see these same friends in a worship environment where there are flashing lights, videos projected and a full band, these same folks are up on their feet and happily engaged in worship.
A lot has been said about how multi-sensory can be used as an aid to help us in our worship of God. These aids can help us to grab our interest and reflect on God and engage in meaningful worship. Furthermore, we all have a very real need to be able to relate to God in a way that is relevant to us and the culture we find ourselves in. However, does all of this encourage us to worship on our terms and not on God’s terms?
I find this fascinating as ways we relate to God are often shaped by the culture we find ourselves in. However I ask myself, is it fair to let culture limit and define the way we relate to God.