The American Idol Church
What brings the glory of the Lord into the house of God? The answer is UNITY! You see - the singers were to "make themselves heard" with "one voice". More than anything - I believe the Father desires unity among his children. When we lift up a unified voice to the Lord, He responds! I hear it often in church... "Boy, the service was a little flat today" or "Man, I wish this or that would happen!"
If you want to see the glory of God come down and fill the place with a cloud that keeps people from being able to stand, we have got to COME TOGETHER!
Romans 15:5 NIV "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus..."
You see... we have become an American Idol generation... following after Paula, Simon, Randy and "what's her name" in "judging" our worship services. Since when did we approach a worship leader to say "Hey, that was good... but you were a little pitchy" or "That was a fantastic service! That was a totally original song and that is just what we are looking for!"
If I am reading my bible correctly... His
Word says even the trees will worship His name because He is coming to judge! But He won't be judging on pitch, or originality or even the clothes we wear...
Psalms 29:2 NIV "Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness."
He will judge us on the worship that was offered in unity to Him. The directive is to ascribe Glory due HIS name. Not to judge man on a performance, but to make the focus HIM. Holiness means "to be separate." He wants to be worshipped in acknowledgement that there is no other like Him!
As you worship this Sunday, forget about American Idol, and performance, and all the other distractions of life and spend the time of worship giving your loving Father the glory He is due... watch what happens to your level of worship - when it becomes about Him... instead of about the men and women he has anointed to lead us to Him.
What is your worship about? American Idol or the Ultimate Judge?
Rob Whitlow currently serves at Church52 as a staff Pastor (of evangelism). He has been playing on a worship team or leading worship for over 20 years. He is one of the worship leaders at the annual Converge Worship and Leadership Conference in Indianapolis every spring. He is also a regular contributor with blogs, instructional videos and song reviews at www.worshipready.com. He and his wife, Jenny, and two kids still living at home reside in Greenwood, IN.
You can reach him at email@example.com. Check out his website at www.robwhitlow.com