7 Dirty WordsYou Can't Say in Church!
Of course, wise saints will note at least three problems with that title:
- -We should be hesitant to use the word "should." Especially, "Don't should on yourself")
- -The followimng seven are not technically seven words, but seven phrases (But if we call Jesus' seven last phrases "the secen last words of Christ," let's give it a pass
- -The last two words of the title break on of the seven rules (but hey, it got you to read the post, right?)
- worship leader
- worship service
- pastor (as a title)
- church (as a building, or as "in church" or "going to church"
- children's church
Etiquette Teacher "There are two words you should never use. One of them is 'swell,' and one of them is 'lousy'.
Lucy: "Well, what are the words?"
Fred: "Tell us the lousy one first!".I think in many ways the "lousiest" word comes first below; strangely (and unobviously to some), it may well have done the most damning damage!
Here now, at least, are the heavy seven
the person leading the music.
Bannnnnk! (game-show buzzer noting wrong answer!)
"Thanks for playing, anyway!"
But the whole world has changed. Now it is the norm for the word worship to equate to "the songs we sing before the sermon and the other stuff."
And everyone knows a "worship leader" is the music leader.
No one would have defined it that way for the last ..uh, several thousand years.
Whatup with that?
Who switched the price tags?
That is no small shift.
Don't hear what I'm not saying. I love to worship via music. But worship..to begin with Romans 12:2...is far bigger and broader.
A strange shift began not that manyyears ago,
Ask most evangelical or charismatic Christians in USAmerica about the place of "worship"in a gathering. For some strange reason, the word has come to be synonymous with "the songs sung early in the meeting."
"Good morning! After the worship, the children will be dismissed, and Pastor Steve will share from God's word"
We even call the person leading the singing the "worship leader."Whazzup with that?
Of course, this definition is foreign to Scripture, and to the church in all history and places..until our lifetime in the West.
Google "worship is not music" for some clues as to how this hijacking happened.
Why do we also thing a "worship" gathering (after the music, or "worship set")is for teaching?:
-Robert Webber, Continued here, ht; Len
In the early church the public worship of the church was a prayer of praise and thanksgiving directed not to the people but to God. Seeing worship as prayer is a paradigm shift from the current presentational notion of worship. Today worship is frequently seen as a presentation made to the people to get them to believe in the first place, to enrich and edify their faith, and to bring healing into their lives. But the ancient church did not design (a contemporary word) worship to reach people, to educate people, or to heal people. Yet in their worship, which was a prayer of praise and thanksgiving offered to God, people were indeed nourished by offering God’s mighty acts of salvation as a prayer to God for the life of the world. The point is, of course, that worship as prayer shapes who we are. But how so?...LINK
Later, as we were signing, she said "I wondered wbat happened. You said we should sign after worship, so when we didn't sign after worship, I figured you forgot."
I had ansolutely no idea what she meant.
Then it hit me. In many circles (and in her previous chiurch, the songs that are sung early in the gatherings are called "worship" or the "worship time" or "worship songs." So she thought i meant "after the music," and I meant "after the gathering (Of course, my definition was ecen more problematic...(Collect $100 and go to Dirty Word #3 below )..
5Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. 6They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, 7preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called "Doctor' and "Reverend.'
8"Don't let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates. 9Don't set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of "Father'; you have only one Father, and he's in heaven. 10And don't let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them--Christ.
11"Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. 12If you puff yourself up, you'll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you're content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.
- "With one stroke, Jesus erases titles,"
- "Titles are foreign to the Body of Christ"
See also: " " and " "
And the one time the term "building" is used in Scripture for church, it's clear the "building is"
"YOU are God's building."
"there is not a single passage in Scripture which commands or even provides an example of the current popular pattern of gathering in a building on a certain day of the week to listen to one person stand up and talk about the Bible for thirty or forty minutes.
It is just not there." -Jeremy Myers, full article, do read it
I sometimes say in meetings, "All American pastors know that the Bible knows nothing of a weekly meeting where a pastor preaches a sermon."
But I wonder. Do you think they (we) all really know the Bible says that, or are we so blinded but what we think it says that we read it into the Bible (eisegete)?"
Ask the Irish prophets about this
And sometimes even in our tribemettings, we send the kids out for their own time.
BUT the whole point is to share with the whole group something they learned when they rejooin us. And when they stay in the "redular service": (don't make me say "BIG CHURCH!".
See Gary Goodeel and Graham Cooke for great ideas on how to fully integrate children into the gathering
As Carlin said about his original seven:
"Those are the heavy seven. Those are the ones that will infect your soul, curve your spine and keep the country from winning the war."
So be faithful to the Word (Jesus), and the Word that points to Jesus (Scripture),
and pray and play with words.
It might just change as much as everything about the culture of your church.