Christian Unity
5+ Churchy Things I'm Thankful For – Even If I Don't Like Them
It's important to distinguish between personal preferences and moral absolutes if we hope to maintain our integrity.
  • Contemporary? Rock it.
  • Hipster? I'll have a Chai Latte – no foam.

We have to stop referring to worship styles that don't appeal to our ear as shallow, out-of-touch or any other negative epithet.

Especially when it comes to music. Music is very personal. When you criticize someone's songs, you're criticizing them.

You don't have to like it. But the fact that it doesn't work for you doesn't make it wrong.

So, I have to swallow hard and say this. If blended worship works for your church, I'm thankful that it does.

3. Politics from the Pulpit

I almost never speak about politics in the pulpit. And I’m never partisan. This has nothing to do with avoiding hard subjects or fear of reprisal. It's just not what I'm called to do.

I cringe every time I hear a pastor make partisan political statements – even ones I agree with.

I cringe every time I hear a pastor make partisan political statements – even ones I agree with.

But I believe every church should always have the right to do so, and any law that infringes on that right is unjust.

So preach with heart, preach with passion, and even preach politically if you feel called to do so. I'll be over here cringing – even as I support your right to do it.

4. Narrow Demographic Churches

Most people like hanging out with those who look and think like they do. Churches are no exception to that. That's why it's easier to grow a church when you target a narrow demographic group.

I'm not a fan.

I prefer a church that reflects the ages, races, ethnicities, political parties (and more) of the community around them.

But I also understand that not all churches will be like that. In heavily populated areas, for instance, there will be a lot of churches that lean heavily towards a specific race, culture, language or something else.

So, while I think we should have less segregation in churches, I also appreciate celebrating a specific culture and history in churches with a narrow demographic.

5. Dressing Up for Church

I cut off my tie in the pulpit over two decades ago. Literally cut it off with scissors. And I've never looked back.

I wear a suit and tie when the situation calls for it (some funerals, weddings, ordination services and so on). But I don't like it. And nothing you can say will make me like it.

But I get those who do like it. For many people, wearing your Sunday best is a sign of respect.

But please know this. While dressing up may be a sign of respect for you, dressing casually is not a sign of disrespect from me.

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November 22, 2016 at 10:56 AM

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