Thoughts on “Parody of Our Modern Church Service”

(I wish I could’ve come up with a more catchy title here, but alas, I’m not very creative.)
In my very first post here(Why?), I mentioned that part of the reason I was inspired to start a blog in the first place was because of a video I watched. The comments that had been made on this video angered me and I really wanted to share all of my thoughts on the matter. So here I am to write a no holds barred blog about it. You’re probably wondering what the video was that got me so worked up, so I’ll post a link just for you! You can choose whether or not to watch it before reading, but I would suggest that you do, and maybe read some of the comments that come along with it.
You Can Watch the Video Here
(I re-watched the video again, and now I’m not as mad at it, but I will try to remember the things that got me the first time.)

Now before you get all up in arms about it, I do recognize the point this video is trying to make, and that’s all fine and dandy, but I want to focus on what I didn’t like about it. Keep in mind that these are purely my opinions.

#1- It seems like whoever made this video is parodying their own church. It seems strange to me to joke about your own service in this way. Don’t you want the members of the church to take the worship service seriously? If I was a member of this church, I don’t know that I could after watching this video.

#2- “Opening Song, you know its cool because you heard it on the radio.” If its a worship song based in scripture, who cares if its on the radio? In my own opinion, its easier for me to worship when I know the song. I’m not distracted by trying to figure out how it goes, or learning the words, I can just purely worship. And isn’t that what you’re supposed to do at church? Worship?

#3- “This is the song that everyone knows.” See #2.

#4- “My new song nobody knows. Nobody knows this song. I want you to learn this song.” I know its contradictory to what I said before, but there isn’t anything wrong with new songs, especially when its later in the service because you’re already in that worship mindset. It might be a scripturaly sound song by an artist that not many people know, but it might eventually become “the song that everyone knows.”
The “buy my record in the bookstore after the service” part is pretty sadly true for some churches though. Its a worship service, not a concert!

#5- “Feel free to give if you feel led, its between you and God, but we’re tracking it.” As far as I know, churches don’t track what you give to see who gives more. Some people claim it on there taxes and need proof of what they’ve given throughout the year. And if you don’t want the church to track it, put cash in the offering plate.

#6- “I have all the answers.” I’ve never once gotten that impression from any pastor!

#7- For all of the comments about how the pastor speaks, its called keeping your audience engaged. You don’t want the members of your church to zone out mid-sermon!

#8- “Long prayer so that the worship leader can get back on stage.” A prayer is a prayer. Yes, the worship leader/band often uses this time to come up, but that doesn’t make the prayer ingenuine.

Now that I’ve already covered a lot of stuff, let’s look at some comments that rubbed me the wrong way:
“They left out the two easels on each side painting ‘as the Holy Spirit leads.’ My question is why would the Holy Spirit put such distraction at the reading and or teaching of Gods word.” -Lynn M.
This isn’t the whole comment, but I didn’t really feel like addressing the whole thing in this blog. Having been a member of a church where we had an artist drawing during the service on occasion (shout out to Bobby!), I can say that it is in no way a distraction! If anything, it is supplemental. It really comes down to the way people learn. Some people are auditory learners who will remember everything from the sermon just by listening, but not everyone is the same. For visual learners, like myself, seeing artwork that portrays the message can really drive home a point.

“THIS is why I don’t like going to church anymore. Everything is SO predictable. They control the mood of the place with the songs and the way they present themselves. It’s all show BUSINESS- it is about revenue and trying to sell something. THIS is the formula for the ‘MEGA CHURCHES’. If I go at all, I go to a smaller church where I can walk up to the pastor when I see his car in the parking lot. This is nOT quite what Jesus had in mind. BUT HEY, like the old saying, IF ONE PERSON GETS SAVED, THEN IT IS ALL WORTH WHILE!!!” -Mike Hevalow
Let me just say that both contemporary and traditional churches are predictable. Each church uses a specific order of worship. In the past couple years serving on a ministry team, I experienced a lot of traditional churches. I can tell you from experience that traditional services are just as predictable, just in a different way.

 

And here’s a comment that I would agree with:
“While people of a certain age or background may prefer particular style other than that shown, there is nothing wrong with the modern style. It draws people in who would otherwise not attend, and it is for them, for the young or those with a ‘boring’ image of church meetings. It would also be ready to parody any other church style.” – Trevor Hawes
Exactly. Not everyone worships in the same way, and we shouldn’t judge others by what they prefer.

So that’s it. I know its kind of a long blog, sorry! I just want to say that I recognize this can be controversial and I’m purely stating my opinions here. Not saying I’m right or wrong, and maybe I took a parody video too seriously, but as always, feel free to share your opinions with me! I’d be interested to hear what you have to say on the topic!

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Confessions of a Commitment-phobe

I have a confession. I am a commitment-phobe. Yes that’s a thing, and yes it does tend to cause problems. It causes problems in a lot of aspects of life! I tend to think of myself of a person who doesn’t plan ahead, and what kind of non-planner commits to anything really?! I’m not really sure what the point of writing about this is yet, but maybe somebody somewhere will get something out of it!

Let’s look first at the root of my problem. I’m a military brat. Yep, that means I moved a few times growing up. How does that relate to a phobia of commitment, you ask? Well, aside from my family, I’ve had no sense of permanence in my life. The longest I’ve lived in one house continuously is seven years of my childhood in Silverdale, WA. That’s less than a third of my life! I have friends, maybe some of you reading this, that lived in the same house from the time they were born until they left for college. That is a completely foreign and absolutely terrifying idea to me! Making a commitment seems to me like a lifetime thing, and I don’t understand things that last a lifetime!

What parts of my life does this affect? Quite a few! From small things like planning out an outfit or meal the day before to big things like relationships. Let’s start with the small stuff. Okay, I’m not actually afraid of planning an outfit the day before, but I am 98.7% likely to change my mind the day of. I’d rather just choose something that I feel like wearing at the moment I’m getting dressed. Planning meals is a very similar concept. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve thawed something out and changed my mind on what I want to eat at the last minute. Obviously not being able to commit to an outfit or meal is not going to change my life, it’s just annoying.

Relationships on the other hand are a bigger deal, both platonic and romantic. My longest running friendships of people that I would still consider good friends are about eight to nine years in the making. (Shout out to Sarah and Chase!) That’s not to say that I don’t make friends with people, my friendships just tend to be short lived because I don’t commit to them. Here’s an example. Two years ago, I began volunteering with Youth Encounter on a ministry team. (Feel free to ask me more about it sometime!) About twenty-five us, split into four different teams, all spent one month of training together before going our separate ways. I had this mindset of not needing to commit to forming relationships with anyone outside of the other five people on my team because I would only be with them for a month and a handful of other times throughout the year. I just didn’t see the point. I did come out of that year with some solid friendships thanks to an eventual change of mind, but I know I missed out on cultivating more great friendships because of my fear of committing time to people who I didn’t think would be permanently in my life.

As far as romantic relationships, its a whole different ball game. I’ve had more platonic relationships than I can count, and zero romantic. It’s really not for lack of opportunity, though I used to believe it was. My lack of commitment is strong in this department! At twenty-six years old, if I get into a relationship I feel like I should want it to end in marriage. That’s what everyone says at this point in there life, but that’s terrifying! Marriage=permanence=scary! Don’t get me wrong, I get crushes just like any other girl out there, but once they start getting too close, I’ll push them away. Usually I’ll do this by either cutting off communication or blatantly acting disinterested, even if I actually am interested. It’s something that happens sub-consciously, but I am attempting to be more self-aware. This is definitely the aspect of my life that I think is most affected by my phobia!

There you have it folks; confessions of a commitment-phobe! I’m not sure if there was even a point in writing this, but I hope you were at least somewhat entertained by my shortcomings! And if you want to offer up any advice on how to not be a commitment-phobe, have at it!

Boxes

So who am I? I told you all about why I started this blog, but I never told you anything about myself. Lucky for you, there’s about a million and one boxes that we can categorize ourselves into and I know where I fit in just about all of those!

Gender: Female
Generation: Millennial
Religious Beliefs: Christian
Myers-Briggs Type: most recently ESFP
Harry Potter House: original pottermore- Gryffindor; new pottermore- Ravenclaw
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Chinese Zodiac: Snake

Okay, that’s enough boxes. In other words, I actually can’t come up with anymore off the top of my head! I’ll probably share more about myself in later posts, but for the meantime, y’all probably already know me anyway and its late(ish).

 

Why?

You may be wondering a lot of things at this point. Why did I decide to start a blog? Why is the blog called behrnakedlady? What I am going to write about? And probably some other things too. Well, in this introduction to a new thing I’m trying out, I’d like to answer those questions.

Let’s start with the name of the blog. You may be perplexed by the name and I’m here to tell you why I chose it. Besides the fact that I’m really not that creative of a person, there are a few reasons. First of all, Behr. Behr is my last name, for those of you I don’t personally know who may be reading this. There are so many different punny things I could do with the word behr/bear/bare! Unfortunately, having attended a college where our mascot was the bear, many of those punny things have been ruined for me. Bear Necessities, The Growl, and the Bear Claw are just a few of the things that have a different meaning to me. So you chose BehrNaked? Yes.

To answer another question, I plan to share my “barenaked” thoughts with the world. I want to be completely real and raw with all of my readers. No reservations about what society or the majority thinks. Just me baring my own personal opinion. I’ve always been horrible about letting other people influence what I think, and I believe its time to let that go.

That brings me to that last question I posed. So why am I writing a blog? I’m no writer! Writing was always one of my worst school subjects. Well, I had this crazy idea because I watched a video that made me kinda angry. All I wanted to do was comment about everything I found wrong with said video. Then I thought, what if I created a blog where I could be as honest as I want about whatever I want? So here I am to bare my thoughts to y’all! I can’t promise any sort of theme to you, and I definitely can’t promise you any sort of consistency, but I can promise not to hold back. This is a bit of a scary thing for me. I’m not used to being so open, but I’m certainly going to try! My hopes are that this blog will be a healthy outlet for all of my thoughts.

So no, there will not be any naked pictures here, and I’m certainly not a member of a band who sings the theme song of a certain CBS comedy. I’m just here sharing the barenaked thoughts a mid-twenties female and I hope you join me on this wild unpredictable ride!