Church Is boring

September 23, 2013

Church Is Boring

            Many times people have reason for saying “church is boring.” It may be the fault of the church, but then it may be because they have the wrong reason for going to church.  Sometimes children and young people find it boring because they go against their will.

It could be the fault of the church if what they get in the worship service is a vain repetition of pious words said in unison.  Some churches use a liturgical almanac that gives them a routine to follow.  Prayers are memorized or read from a prayer book.  Sometimes sermons are little more than pious platitudes.  Some Sunday school teachers read the lesson in class instead of teaching it.  Such churches offer a routine that leaves people feeling “religious” because they completed what they think is expected of them.

We live in a day when people live to be entertained.  Television offers entertainment.  Some find it by renting movies; others in music.  It’s almost as if people are addicted to entertainment.  They are bored if they aren’t being entertained.  Part of the explanation for the fall of the Roman Empire was their addiction to entertainment.  Back then they found entertainment in sports and circuses.

Many today expect to be entertained in church.  Something in their inner being is crying out for entertainment.  Without it they get nervous and uneasy.  They call it boredom.  There is no doubt about it; such people are bored in church.  What then is the solution?

Some churches are trying to solve the problem by making church more entertaining.  There are things churches can do that would be called entertainment.  The men and boys can get together to play ball.  The women and girls can plan a picnic, or get together to play table games. Churches can plan a night out to go bowling or a Sunday afternoon picnic at the park.  Social events can and should be part of the church schedule.

Churches go wrong when they try to make the worship service more entertaining.  There is no justification for making it boring, but it must be dignified and reverent.  Some churches have taken out the pulpit and replaced the preaching with drama.  Sacred hymns are being replaced by frothy little choruses set to rock music.  For the most part, they aren’t succeeding.  There is no way the church can compete with what Hollywood has to offer.

The other, and more biblical solution, is that of changing the mentality of people.  To be sure, it’s a greater challenge, but it is in keeping with the sacred function of the church.  Boredom in church stems from a spiritual problem.  It’s only natural that unsaved people will be bored in church.  That’s why the plan of salvation needs to be regularly presented in clarity.  People need to be challenged to examine their hearts.  What are they looking for?  Is it entertainment, or a closer relationship with God?  God’s people are bored in church because they have let their hearts grow cold.  The preaching and teaching in church needs to be directed to the hearts of the people.  Every Sunday school class and preaching service should fulfill, in some way, what we read in Colossians 3:1-3.  “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.    Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.    For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

How do you feel about church?  Is it boring to you?  If so, I would like for you to ask yourself why you go to church.  Is it to be entertained?  If so, you are going to the wrong place in search of entertainment.  You don’t go to the doctor’s office or the dentist to be entertained.  The church is there to meet a spiritual need.  Healthy Christians attend church to worship and praise God.  They also have a hunger for a deeper and closer relationship with God.  A good church can meet those needs.  If you don’t feel like your spiritual needs are being met, maybe you need to request a time when you can meet personally with your pastor to ask for help in developing a closer relationship with God.  Good pastors are glad to help people personally with their spiritual needs.

Don’t let entertainment be your god.  True satisfaction can only be found in the God of heaven.  Psalm 36:7-9 says, “How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.   They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.   For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”

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