Is Celebration Entertainment

partyOne question that comes up over and over again is whether celebration is merely entertainment. I have addressed it before on this blog, but I think it deserves mentioning again.

The argument goes as follows: You call for celebration in sermons, however church is not about entertainment for human beings, but about worship to the Most High God. Thus why do you call us away from God to humanity in your call to celebrate?

This is an interesting question. I would answer it by saying yes and no. Yes it is entertaining to the Christian. The one who is not connected to the Most High might not be so entertained. This is where I disagree with the whole idea of attempting to entertain people into the church. The church cannot compete with the world through their entertainment devices. I we have is the Good News of Jesus. Certainly we can work to be understood, but it is hard to entertain the lost with a pure message of the Gospel.

Please note that I am not changing the focus of the worship service. The worship service is on God. I think it is problematic when we turn worship into an entertainment vehicle like can be found at any other place. What celebration is about is not entertainment, but experiencing the good news of the Gospel.

When we hear the goodness of what Jesus has done for humanity, and then when we fully believe it, no one can keep us from celebrating that. Certainly this celebration will be manifested in various ways, but it will happen. It is the necessary outgrowth of hearing the good news.

So yes some who have been saved will find the celebration entertaining. Certainly there is some enjoyment for Christians to hear the Gospel. However, my main point is that Now when you separate the gospel from the celebration, then you end up with an empty shell or sham that might degenerate into entertainment.

If you enjoy worshiping the most high in an experience of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that changes your living…Then it is possible that you might call it entertaining, if not, then probably not…

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Sherman Haywood Cox II

Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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