Summary: Humanistic attitudes that hinder worship.
Talk Show Religion, Humanistic Attitudes that Deter Worship.
Some TV talk shows have some redeeming qualities; many others send subtle yet harmful messages to their viewers.
Why should that concern the church?
It should concern us because entertainment in culture tends to bleed through into other areas of life - even worship in the church.
Here are four attitudes that commonly exist in our entertainment culture that will erode proper worship if we don’t avoid them.
1. First attitude that hinders worship: “Tell me what I want to hear.”
Many purveyors of modern entertainment display little or no concern as to how their presentations give an unhealthy image or offer unwise solutions to people’s problems. They simply cater to the whims of fallen human nature.
The Bible predicted this would happen.
Pay special notice to verse three below:
2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 2 Timothy 4:2-4
Paul’s words to Timothy underscore the great patience it takes to preach the Word of God because of the natural human resistance to doing things God’s way.
People are certainly chasing myths. And it’s because they want to hear teaching which renders approval to their unwise lifestyles or gives them leave to ignore vital spiritual truth.
Dealing with this facet of our culture is an especially difficult tightrope for the seeker-sensitive pastor to walk.
He can’t afford to mimic the culture around him in giving his hearers what they want to hear, yet he does not want to be judgmental or harsh.
What kind of a balancing beam will bridge this chasm - the chasm between what people want to hear and what they need to hear?
A positive supportive attitude toward biblically-based Bible preaching and teaching on behalf of the church family will help a great deal in convincing any unchurched guests that what is being shared from God’s Word is beneficial even though sometimes challenging.
A patient attitude on behalf of the one sharing the Word is also essential.
The Word of God doesn’t need apology - it needs application.
It’s a given that some listeners will occasionally bristle at God’s truth. This cannot be helped. The Bible is a living book. (Hebrews 4:12) It will challenge our thinking and our behavior. If it did not, it would not be the Word of God.
2. Second attitude that hinders worship: “Entertain me but don’t enlighten me.”
This second attitude can be further identified by Christ’s Parable of the Sower - particularly the seed sown on rocky soil.
20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. Matthew 13:20-21 (NLT)