Video Trespass

Video Trespass

dscf0199Once in a while someone will send me a link to a YouTube video of some church service where people are worshiping in a crazy fashion. I never find them funny or even true. I mean, sure... we're looking at people spinning and falling and raising their hands and dancing and singing. But it's not true! The point of the videos is usually to mock these people, to expose them and their foolishness, and to embarrass them. My first impression is always embarrassment. Not for them. Me. I love charismatic worship. I do it. And I wouldn't want it taped. It would be embarrassing. All it would do is give people a snap-shot of my life that to most would look really silly, superficial and sentimental. I think of David who danced naked before the Lord. I haven't danced naked... well, not in public anyway... but I have danced. And like David, it is usually undignified, and would look even more undignified on video. I believe in freedom of expression when it comes to worship. I don't think it can or should be legislated. People must be free to express their joy or sorrow or respect or whatever in whatever fashion they choose. Of course, the community helps us understand what is appropriate and what isn't, what offends and what doesn't. I remember years ago there was a woman worshiping who looked like she was having sex with the floor. We gently helped her stop that. Children were watching. When we are worshiping with all of our being, including our emotions and bodies, it may very well look undignified. It's deeply intimate. So, I think it's immature to record and distribute this stuff in order to denigrate someone. It would be like watching real people (not movie or porn stars) having sex. There's something voyeuristic and even unsightly about it. I think it's totally legitimate and necessary to critique ideas and the things we do. But when it comes to critiquing worship, that's ground that I dare not tread upon. It's too personal. It's too sacred. The fine art photograph is the creation of my friend Howard Nowlan. Check out my tees HERE and my art HERE.

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