Why Some People Have Such A Hard Time With Change in Church
The other day I walked into Waffle House… (Yes, I love waffle house. If you don’t know what Waffle House is, it’s kind of like IHOP. If you don’t know what IHOP is, it’s a restaurant that’s open 24/7 that specializes in breakfast.) Phew!
Now that that’s out of the way… The other day I walked into Waffle House only to notice that they had replaced the Jukebox with a fancy 21st century media player called a Touch Tunes.
Most days after work when I was in college, a friend and I would go to Waffle House and play “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga on the Jukebox. Yea, I know it’s really weird, but we did it. (Pray for me) It was our “funny” tradition. As a result, not only did the workers hate us, but THIS Jukebox became very sentimental to me.
As you can see, I was a little bit upset to find that they had ripped out my cherished jukebox and put in a fancy Touchtunes. I mean, the thing takes credit card for crying out loud!
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know what an advocate for change I am. You know that I am a “out with the old and in with the new” kind of guy when it comes to tradition. I really had to eat my words in this moment!
As much as I am for change, even I had a hard time with them getting rid of my jukebox. It was in this silly moment that God revealed to me some truth.
I’m young, and as most of the younger generation, we’ve never experienced being so attached to doing something a certain way for so long that we can’t let go of it. I was able to get a tiny glimpse into what it feels like to have things…dare I say it…change.
I’ll admit the first thing that God showed me is that I need to be more understanding of those who have a hard time with change. My first reaction to tradition is to want to rip it away. And yes, God desires us to follow Him and not tradition, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be understanding and loving to those who have a little harder time with it.
I’ll explain the second thing that God showed me like this: Yes, Waffle House now has a Touchtunes, but you know what, it still has “Just Dance” on it! And it’s still waffle house with the same greasy food. I realized this only after I adjusted my focus a little.
We can be unhappy about all sorts of things changing in our church, but maybe if we adjust our focus, we can see that God never changes and He is still here.
A big part of the problem was solved when I realized that the old jukebox was never mine to begin with. It was God’s *cough* …I mean Waffle House’s. But that’s a whole different post for a different day.
As long as the substance is there, they can change whatever they want. As long as Jesus is in our church, let them change the carpet or move the piano. And heck, why not worship to electronic music. Jesus is here and that’s all that matters. If Jesus is your main focus, the rest is just trivial.
Besides, now that the jukebox takes credit card, I can play “Just Dance” until my bank account runs dry!
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