If God is not real, why does He offend you so much? You say our God is as real as the tooth fairy, yet you do not see me slandering the tooth fairy and getting upset whenever someone even mentions them.
If you truly do not believe in God, He should not be so offensive to you.
The realest thing ever.
There was some concern expressed at the Cru meeting this week about someone shouting during worship..
Is response distracting?
It won’t be in heaven, when His presence surrounds each of us with such a peace as you have never felt. It will be natural for you there, not having to fear what others think of you, nor will you judge anyone who cries out or dances in the throne room of God. We were created to worship, to keep our eyes on Him.
True worship comes up from our innermost parts, it’s much more than a song, even when you are singing. I get it, some people are feelers, and others calculative, but what comes out of our mouths is an overflow of what is in our hearts. Joy should be the proper response in hearing someone shout His name. How beautiful is it that this person has lost themselves in the sweet presence of God. Glory be to the One who can help us think of someone other than ourselves, even for a few moments. And praise be to Him that He sees the heart behind it.
Side note: I’m not saying loud worship is better than liturgy, nor is the other way around. Each Christ follower may worship differently. It’s ok to be quiet, it’s ok to not raise your hands. It’s even acceptable not to stand up. God sees the heart in it, so don’t let yourselves be distracted by how others are expressing their worship.
You want to be heroic? Don’t give up on your friends when it becomes hard to talk to them.
You want to be brave? Talk about important things even if starting the conversation is awkward.
You want to be awesome? Spend more time blessing other people than you do enjoying life for yourself.
Real heroes are more concerned about the folks in distress than they are about their own comfort and safety.