Americans live in an entertainment-oriented society. Many people love to go to places where they can forget their troubles and enjoy themselves. When a local TV reporter visited a popular nightclub one Friday night to ask the people why they were there, he discovered that most of them were simply looking for a good time. Although we as Christians do not condone this kind of activity, we too like to be entertained. And at times we even let this kind of thinking influence our response to the program of our local church. When we go there, we want to be entertained.
Our Bible reading for today tells us that the Israelites of Ezekiel’s day displayed that tendency in their religious life. They went to hear Ezekiel preach because they found him entertaining. In fact, they enjoyed listening to him so much that they invited friends to join them. But it’s evident from the Scripture that they didn’t listen to what the prophet was really saying. They didn’t repent. They didn’t change their ways. They were so fun-oriented that they forgot about the fear of God.
Church services need not be boring, but neither should they be a time of entertainment. When we go to church, we should gather for the purpose of worshipping God, learning more about Him, and being equipped to serve Him more effectively. Wholesome entertainment has its place, but church services should focus on the Lord and His Word. – Herbert Vander Lugt
The house of God should be a place
For praise and reverent prayer;
Let holy thoughts your spirit fill
Whenever you are there. – H.G. Bosch
The less spirituality a church has, the more entertainment it takes to keep it running.
- August 31, 1986, Our Daily Bread