Why do you all go to church every week? I go to be in the
presence of the Lord with my brothers and sisters in Christ. That is
where I am ministered to — standing in the Lord's presence, with the
whole church worshiping at His feet. For me, being in His presence is
the highlight of church. I am taught more by what the Lord speaks to me
during worship than what the pastor speaks to the congregation during
the message. My fear of the Lord is renewed as I am overwhelmed by His
awesome holiness. If I have had a tough week, it is during worship, in
the Lord's presence, where He loves me, leads me, and strengthens me
for another week.
The worship is at the beginning of the
service, and that is the most important part of the service for me. We
are there on time every week, so we don't miss it. But every week,
people straggle in long after the service has started. This last time
at church, people were coming in up until the message started. This
happens every week. This week I was crying during one of the songs,
because of something the Lord was dealing with me about. That did not
stop a young father from tapping me repeatedly on the shoulder until I
noticed him, and then waiting impatiently while I stepped out into the
aisle so he and his family could get past us to some empty seats.
it just me, or does it seem supremely disrespectful to the Lord to
treat His presence and His worship as if it is just that extra 20
minutes of cushion? Not to mention how disrespectful it is to the
people who are trying to worship?
I remember, when I was a
child, that coming in late and interrupting the service was considered
horrible manners. People coming in late had to wait outside the
sanctuary until a natural break in the service. I mean, if you go to
the theater, once the play starts, the doors to the auditorium are
closed. You cannot enter a theater late, because it would ruin it for
the others. Why do Christians have more respect for the theater than
they do for the presence of the Lord of the Universe? Is it because
theater tickets cost and church is free?