Let’s continue. . .
Posted February 8, 2009on:
So, I’m not back at church yet. I have been really praying about that, but it just doesn’t feel right.
Today, however, I participated in the web campus at NewSpring Church and I led worship on the final day of a youth conference that I have helped with this weekend. I have more questions than answers, though.
First, let’s talk about the web campus. That was amazing in so many ways, but I must admit that it is a little weird. I don’t know that I engaged in the worship as I would if it were live. That was me, though. I am more interested in about how they pull off the worship music. . . who sings, how is it arranged, the transitions, etc. I am not sure that it will ever feel right for me to engage in the worship music via video. However, the community was definitely there. It was so cool to be “in church” with 350 people from 8 different countries. People were talking and interacting. Someone even got saved. I LOVE that they embrace the technology and try new and unique ways to reach people that may not ever come to church. For me, it worked! What are your thoughts?
Then there is the youth conference. There was definitely a power in the room this weekend. I have never really been involved in anything where there were so many young men and women who were serious about giving their lives to God. They were serious about serving others. And, they were serious about praying for each other. It was the first time I have been with 100 teenagers and not felt any clicks or groups. That amazed me.
Tonight, however, they talked about the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. I HAVE QUESTIONS!!
So, what do you think? Do you believe in it, first? Do you believe that it is necessary? Are you afraid of it? I’m not really afraid of it and am definitely open to it, but to me, it represents all that I know as bad about Christianity. It wreaks of bad televangelists begging for money. It seems to say that someone who speaks in tongues is more anointed by Christ. It appears to be one more way that we separate ourselves from people who are seeking.
It’s hard to erase the weird thoughts that you have had for so long. It’s hard to believe in things that are different. Tonight, however, I am thankful for all of those kids. I am thankful for all of the hands they placed on me. I am thankful for all of the prayers they spoke for me. I am thankful for the love and kindness they showed me.