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How “Crazy” is Your Church’s Worship?

Crazy WorshipThe other day I was talking to a pastor and he told me, “We worship, but we don’t get out of control.”  Ok, now hear my heart on this… I’ve been in the “worship game” long enough to know exactly what this is code for…and I won’t water it down for you…

What he’s trying to tell me is that his churches worship sucks. 

Too often we make excuses for our worship and say, “well, we just don’t get out of control. Those other people are crazy and outrageous.”

Now I could go off all day about how love not demonstrated is not love at all, how our God wants us out of our comfort zone, or how I can’t help but dance and get crazy because of all my God has done for me, but I have a very specific point that I want to make today.

One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 5:13:

If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.

This verse says everything I would want to say on this subject better than I ever could.

If I am “out of my mind” or “out of control” or I could even say “crazy,” it is for my God. Not for you! So say what you want. My worship is between me and my Father. I’ll get “in my right mind” when it’s time to talk to you, but right now it’s time for me to get a little crazy for my God.

Going back to the “We worship, but we don’t get out of control” statement, my response is; I’m sorry, but I gave up control a long time ago when I started following Jesus.  As Christians, God is in control. We mess up his church when we try and take control and do things our way.

I encourage you to give up a little control to God and even get a little “out of your mind” for Him today. He showed us a crazy undignified love when he died on the cross for us.  And He deserves nothing less from us.

One Final Thought:

Many seem to argue and justify their lack of worship with 1 Corinthians 14:40:

But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

This verse seems to contradict what I have been saying, right?

However, it is important to note that when Paul said this, he was talking about the gifts of the spirit. He’s saying that there is a structure and hierarchy to the gifts that God has given us. They are used for the edification of the body when they are used as God intended them.

This is common sense when you see what Paul was saying in correct context. It could be very chaotic if everyone in he church was just shooting off their gifts at the same time. It wouldn’t benefit anyone.   Paul was not talking about worship.

So many churches are so scared of not being “fitting and orderly” and they have become so far on the opposite side of what God intended church to be.  We’ve sacrificed things like the worship and the gifts of the spirit to become “fitting and orderly” …or dare I say it, seeker friendly (that’s whole different post in it’s own).  We’ve become scared of things that aren’t in our control.

It’s time we loose ourselves in God a little bit…maybe not even a little bit, but a lot! We’ll touch on being “fitting and orderly” when we get there. But trust me, we aren’t even close to being there.

So be a little crazy and out of your mind for God.  Dance, jump, sing, shout, lift your hands, fall on your knees, create some other “crazy” way to worship Him! Fall so deeply in love with the Savior that you can’t help but be out of your mind for him!

Worship is something that I am ver passionate about and I would love for us to talk about it!  Share below in the comments!

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  1. Dee

    I come from a very emotional and expressive cultural and dance are part of our every day life and si have always struggled with hymns and programmed worship with no clapping or movement. I believe that God has given us these things because He wants us to glorify Him with them.. If we don’t use our voices and hands and feet in worship, what else are we keeping them for?
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying start Twerking, just allow yourself to express yourself to God in a way that you feel is right before Him!

  2. Anonymous

    Our Lord and Savior deserves and is worthy of our highest praise!! However, if laughing, barking, or yodeling during corporate worship is considered acceptable, edifying, or non-distracting (especially when a word is trying to come forth) I disagree!

  3. Lance

    It is true that different congregations worship in different ways and that doesn’t mean one worships “better” or “worse”, “more genuine” or “less genuine” than the others. However, I think I get the heart of where this post is going. Something I tend to think about occasionally when my mind drifts is if Jesus were to come into this church, in all his glory; if we were suddenly face to face with our God, would we continue to sit neat and orderly in our seats or standing with our hands folded in front of us? I struggle to think we would all respond in ways that included sitting quietly or standing like a groomsman at a wedding. I don’t know. Do I think that kind of worship time doesn’t please God? Shalon may be a bit quicker to say it doesn’t (;-D), but I really have no idea. I just struggle with the thought that if we would be utterly broken and fall to our knees at a face to face encounter with God, why our weekly worship gatherings with our brothers and sisters, in the presence of God, is different. It’s more controlled, it’s “not too crazy”. It concerns me on a level beyond style of worship though. Rick Lawrence wrote a great book called Jesus Centered Youth Ministry. His concern is that students aren’t being captivated by Christ because they have experienced a watered down version of Him throughout their young church-going life. So when they graduate, they are more likely to cast Him aside. They were never captivated by the real Jesus. Could our worship indicate that we haven’t been captivated by the real Jesus? I don’t know…just posing the question.

    I will say that at times it seems like our worship and our praise doesn’t reflect the God we owe our whole selves to. I see people having way more fun at a Beyonce concert, being way more captivated by her, than what I witness at church. Maybe in a more perfect world, we would be so captivated by our perfect God and have a perfect understanding of all that he does for us daily, that we couldn’t wait for Sunday to get here where we could gather with our brothers and sisters who also can’t wait for Sunday to worship our God’s awesomeness. That people would come in and see that pesky countdown and would grow so anxious for the music to begin they can start screaming praises to their King, that they don’t even wait for the counter to reach zero. They just start right in with song. I could go on with this image in my head about worship that springs out of our captivation of God.

    We’ve programmed and structured the church service to death and have only allotted so much time for God to be worshiped as He truly deserves. We don’t want it to get too crazy because we need to finish on time. I imagine a service where the congregation was overwhelmed with love and adoration of God, in complete awe of who He is, there would be no stopping it. Sadly, I can say I’ve only been to a handful of worship services that I really didn’t want to leave. I don’t want to start rambling, but I think some evaluation can be done on how we conduct our worship meetings. Are we too structured? Do we limit how people respond to God’s awesomeness? Do we try to control when people sit and stand during the song service (yes my church does this and it bothers me every time)? When people really seem to be shedding their barriers and comfort zone and worshiping freely, do we cut that off because we HAVE to share those amazing announcements before people head home? When the church gets together to worship, it’s such a phenomenal opportunity to praise Him together. I believe churches that are able to do this well, and genuinely, are the ones that are contagious to be a part of.

    • John-Rock

      Those are some really great points. definitely something to reflect on

  4. PT

    Totally disagree. Check your context. Don’t take scripture out of context to support your “opinion”. No true worship will ever “suck” to God. Physical movement during a song or a prayer does not a true worshiper make.

    God Bless

  5. Marcy

    Guys, maybe I’m wrong, but what I got from his article was not that quietly worshiping the Lord is bad, but that creating a corporate environment where people are discouraged from, or are not free or allowed to praise and worship with their whole heart… is.

    2 Samuel 6:14-16, 20-22
    14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord WITH ALL HIS MIGHT, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with SHOUTS and the sound of trumpets.

    16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David LEAPING and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart…

    20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

    21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I WILL BECOME EVEN MORE UNDIGNIFIED THAN THIS, and I WILL BE HUMILIATED IN MY OWN EYES. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

    23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

  6. John-Rock

    Interesting article. I think that claiming that their worship sucks, might be a bit of a strong and premature statement those. Everyone worships differently and people don’t necessarily “Get Crazy” to show their worship to God, although i don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Ultimately worship is a state of the heart, one where we humble ourselves before God…so yeah Crazy isn’t necessarily needed for that.

    I think ppl often confuse praise from worship. most often in the bible when we read of people singing and dancing and stuff its with respect to praising him.

    Also one of the things that we need to be conscience about is that there are 2 main types of worship personal/individual and congregational…. people in our society tend to focus on themselves and their experience often more that those of other, and when we gather as a congregation we should aim to worship as a congregation.

  7. Anonymous

    The definition of crazy depends on each person, for example my crazy might be dancing or shouting while the person next to me may jump over the seats screaming like a mad man haha ( haven’t had the privelage to see that yet), but I will say this the worship atmosphere in heaven is filled with physical acts of expressive and EMOTIONAL worship. I come from a culture where the peopl love to dance, but I’ve yet to see someone dance more radical or crazy than the Angels that come and worship God with us. they go crazy. But I’ve seen The Holy Spirit come upon a congregation with a spirit of wild dance and worship and it’s the most beautiful thing you’ll ever seen this side of heaven. Sadly, I’ve seen the opposite to be true too. We can do things led by the Spirit, we can do things as a response to the Spirit, and we can do things hoping that the Spirit will breath on them and give life (like praying for the sick in public and waiting for God to heal them). So when it comes to worship I always say fill yourself with The Spirit get drunk on Him and then worship, because the best worship is drunk worship!

  8. Eric T
    Eric T09-22-2014

    I disagree almost wholeheartedly with the conclusion that any kind of worship without all the aforementioned ways of expression sucks. When the pastor said what he did, my immediate thought was nothing indicating that he was trying to use code for “sucks”, but simply that the congregation worships, but does not do things that would be considered over the top. An example? Folks running around in a church, jumping over pews and each other and generally being dangerous and self-serving in their actions. I’ve seen this before. I cannot say that was “ungodly” because I do not know their hearts, but I do know that there are some things that are flat our poor decisions in the way that some “worship”. Let’s be careful to worship in Spirit and in Truth- in other words, let’s have true worship but let’s not put others in danger because of a self-seeking nature. In the example I gave, it was a physical danger. People were throwing themselves all around the room and it was just plain silly. In other cases, it could be that some folks would get the impression that (as a new Christian) if they did not get all super-emotional (and I’m an emotional worshiper), then they are not having a meaningful encounter with God. This is plain silly too.

    On the other hand, I definitely agree that the spirit should not be squelched. There’s not much worse than being in a service and wanting to raise your hands, or Lord forbid, want to drop to your knees in reverent praise and worship of the one who saved us, and feel that folks would be offended, or put off by it. At that point, you need to make a decision to pray to the Lord to guide you to where you need to be. Should I stay at a church that has a majority of folks feeling very comfortable where they are currently (and maybe God will use me to lead others into a more intimate worship), or do I seek a church that worships the way I feel lead to? This is a very serious and important question to pray about. I think that the Lord’s answer to this prayer is far more important than the type of worship at your particular church.

    One thing is for certain- we are definitely called to love and worship our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. How we choose to do that as individuals is very personal. We must respect the way others choose, even if we feel it may be very impersonal or just flat-out wrong. Let God work on their hearts, and if they refuse to listen to His Spirit, then it’s on them. This goes both ways- for both the super conservative and the super-excited.

    In love,

  9. Anonymous

    I agree…I get excited about Jesus! I say if it’s dead bury it to those churches and ppl afraid to let go and let God!