To be clear:
- I love listening to good contemporary Christian music with a positive message. I find listening to organ music only slightly more uplifting than having a root canal.
- I love to laugh and believe that God does too. I believe that he is glorified when we can come together and regularly share some humor and a light spirit.
- Smiling faces, what's the alternative? Who wants to be filled with a room of dour, joy-deprived sourpusses?
- Participation is a sign that people are working to glorify not themselves, but their God.
At the pinnacle of my most recent fit of pique, a friend of mine shared a colorful anecdote that resonated with me. He told the story of an old man who came to one modern, growing church and sat through one of the services where he could be seen just filled with joy. Afterwards when asked about his experience, he stated that he did not care at all for the music, that he found the stage lights too distracting and too bright, and that the pastor's style was not one that he preferred. However, he stated, that if this place allowed the Spirit to move and bring people to God in celebration and revival, if it brought in the lost and disconnected, and strengthened the believers, then he considered it all a joyful symphony to his ears.
O.K., once more the bottom line is, it is not all about me.