Check Your Ego at the Door

Annie Lee's "Eb'Body Say Amen"
Annie Lee’s “Eb’Body Say Amen”

Last night I woke up around 2 a.m. and couldn’t will myself to go back to sleep. After lying in bed for an hour or more I hopped on the computer to check out some praise break videos on YouTube. When did they start doing this at weddings? Some saints are jukin and jiggin so hard that you catch the Spirit right along with them while others have you laughing out loud and shaking your head. This particular night was interesting though. Along with browsing through the various praise parties I read the comments section that accompanied them. They reminded me of Gandhi’s sentiment, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

As you can see in the video, it is being recorded by someone sitting in the front of the service and there are close-ups on the individuals in the Spirit (as church folk say). Some commenters are questioning the motive behind the posting of said participant’s movement. Is it to “showboat” or to spread the message of Jesus Christ? One’s query of objectives stemmed from the unprofessionalism of the video. Many ministries record their services. That is typically done from the back of the sanctuary with other cameras throughout but not with a smartphone.

Really dude? Has this become a conversation about what my church does versus other churches? If it isn’t like your church then it must not be right?

This is just silly. I have a Muslim friend who joked, “Christians are the first people to tell somebody they’re going to hell.” It’s kind of sad, but I’d have to agree with him. We, believers, claim to love God yet aren’t as ready to show that same love towards others. Preachers and the congregations they lead shouldn’t throw stones but build temples. Judgement should be left to God and God alone. He doesn’t need any help, and if he did he certainly wouldn’t need to ask any of us. From the pastor in the pulpit to the usher guarding the back door, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

I hope critics within the church don’t deter others who may feel guilty about their past (and present) transgressions from believing in Christ and the love He has for them. A foundation is nothing more than compacted dirt. You should never feel ashamed of the dirt you’ve done. God can still build on you. That very thing that He brought you out of can one day be used as a testimony for someone else who is presently going through the same or similar struggle.

I’ll leave you with a quote I like from T.D. Jakes’ God Leading Lady, “…the church is like a well. It may be eroding, discolored, or inconveniently located, but it still has the coolest water your soul ever tasted. Be real about where you are and what you’re thirsty for.”