Much has been written about the wave which has swept through the church, of a craving for well orchestrated, talent led, aesthetically pleasing worship? Some denounce it, others question it, many have tried to explain and then justify it. The fact that it has begun to creep quietly into the heartland of the reformed community begs the question ‘what lies at the root of it all?’ It’s something I have thought about throughout my ministry. The conclusion I have reached is that in essence this is an issue of ‘boredom’, boredom with God.
There are a number of factors which feed into boredom in general. Many, because of a gluttony for self-indulgence, have developed an insatiable hunger for instant gratification. Inevitably boredom threshold’s have been driven down. Getting what you want when you want it, always results in an increasing frequency in boredom pangs.
But what is this Christian boredom with God? A boredom which I see as lying at the root of the ever increasing thirst for ‘humanly gratifying worship’. What is it’s parentage? Is it a phenomenon borne of the fact that too many Christians have become laissez-faire about God’s call upon their lives? Is it a child of ease. Has the idea of cross bearing self-denial simply become a step […]