My fellow brother in Christ over at The Assembling of the Church has a great post about worship services that you should read real quick before reading my two cents below.
Ok, done reading Alan’s post? Here are my thoughts on the subject…
Pragmatism, recognized as a movement around the turn of the twentieth century, was founded by Charles Pierce (1839-1914) and popularized by William James (1842-1910) and John Dewy (1859-1952).
It argues that the best way to determine whether or not to embrace a certain proposition is not by its truthfulness, but by its usefulness. Essentially, it makes no difference if the proposition you are considering is true. The important thing is that it works. This is running rampant among many believers and I think it is slowing down the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
Pragmatism flows through American life today (usually unnoticed) and clearly influences the way Americans and Christians in America think about most things. I feel it is pragmatic thinking that keeps the church buildings, Sunday sermons, paid pastors, and many different denominations or sects running strong.
One example of this type of thinking is when the Clinton administration proved that our nation was willing to keep a leader in office, despite his perjury, because at the time that worked best for the country; the stock market launched higher, unemployment rates were plummeting dramatically, and budget deficits were being met. The same goes for the church services of today. We are willing to accept a lot of unbiblical practices because we get to hear great music and a three part sermon on how to live practically.
Who does this actually work for? This is the question that brings to light the ineffectiveness of this belief system. Christians’ agenda should be focused on what God’s Will is for His Church. The trouble begins for us when we seek what works best for us, not for God’s glory, the interest of others, and the benefit of His Kingdom.
I personally think we should do away with the modern worship service all together, and instead focus on one another as The Bride of Christ. I am sure I am part of a small minority that wants to axe the modern “worship service” as described in Alan’s posts.
What do you think? Get into the discussion over at The Assembling of the Church.