I’m disturbed. And I don’t know what to do about it.
R. C. Sproul says in chapter two of The Holiness of God that one main reason people stop going to church is because it’s boring.
I get that. Sometimes I don’t want to go for that reason, too. I hate being bored.
But it bothers me. Because I know God is definitely, certainly, positively NOT boring. And if church is where we meet with others meeting with God, why do we let it get boring?
Sproul talks about Isaiah seeing God in Isaiah 6. It was an experience far from boring. The foundations trembled, smoke was everywhere, angels flew in and out, His glory was blinding. And Isaiah quaked (a definite sign of NOT being bored).
When Moses wanted to see God face to face (Exodus 33:19-23), God told him He would be too much for Moses. So He showed him His back instead. And even then it left Moses’ face so bright that other people couldn’t look directly at him.
No, God is not boring.
God is holy. And holy is not boring.
Holy is so exciting we can hardly bear it. When we stand next to holiness, we quake. Our own sinfulness is so horrid in comparison that God in His mercy reveals Himself to us slowly. And reveals us to ourselves slowly.
We need God if we’re going to see either Him or ourselves. And He must purify us before we can. After Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me! I am a man of unclean lips!” (Isaiah 6:5), his guilt was taken away and his sin atoned for. He followed that with, “Here am I! Send me” (Isaiah 6:7-8).
Only a holy God could make an unclean man useful. Only a holy God can make any of us useful. It’s a wonder to be amazed at, not a boredom to be yawned at.
So how can we keep our churches from being boring?
Maybe we need to stop talking so much around the things of God, and instead start talking more to God. Stop pointing fingers at each other, and instead lift hands up to Him. Stop looking inward, and instead look upward.
And see Him, the Holy God. There would never be a dull moment.
How would you solve boredom at church?
Meet us at Challies to discuss Chapter 2, Holy, Holy, Holy.
Chapter 3: The Fearful Mystery