Yesterday we talked about “Rock Star Worship“. Today I want to have a conversation about “Distracting Worship”.
Let me qualify the conversation by saying that my background is from the more Charismatic church … expressive worship is the norm, including clapping of hands, raising hands, shouting, dancing, etc. All of these are Biblical expressions of praise and/or worship, and I think most of us would agree with that.
Today the environment where I serve isn’t quite as expressive, though it’s not uncommon to see a smaller percentage of people with raised hands. You can count on Justin (I would link to his blog, but he never blogs anymore) jumping up and down some, and if you lead’em … you can even get that crowd to clap.
Our posture has been one that says “we want you to be free to express yourself in worship, but don’t let your personal freedom become a corporate distraction”.
Does that make sense?
My question is this. What distracts you in worship? The answer could easily vary depending on the environment in your church. What’s more important – personal expression, because the Bible supports various physical expressions, even if it may be a distraction to the majority of those present?
Honestly, I don’t have a right or wrong answer – I just want to get the conversation started. Let it rip, folks.
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