Churches go through trends, it seems. For years now, in my own church and in the churches I’ve visited, I’ve seen a big screen in the front of the room that is used to help put up words to worship songs, main points in a message, and Bible verses.
At first, I liked it. I liked the fact that the church was using media and getting more current.
But lately, when it comes to that screen putting Bible verses up? Well, I don’t think I like it anymore. And I’ll explain why.
Recently I noticed that we don’t dig into God’s Word on our own anymore. You see, it is being done for us.
When we go to church on Sundays, my daughters don’t even bring their Bibles. They tell me they don’t need to because the Bible verses are put up on the screen for them to see. And I even noticed myself recently, failing to open my own Bible because it was easier to just look up and read it in front of me.
I realize that having “Scripture on the Big Screen” probably started in a quest to help those who were new to the church. Those who didn’t own Bibles or who didn’t know how to find certain passages. We wanted to make it easier for them and put it where they could still read it. But as time has gone on, I’m thinking that this tactic has instead, done so much for us that we don’t bury our own heads in God’s Word anymore.
How will any of us know how to find a passage if we never open the book? How will we know in what context the verse was given if we don’t, ourselves, look it up and read the verses before and after the verse being used? And most importantly, how will we gain the riches of discovery that God’s Word can bring to our hearts if we don’t seek it out for ourselves?
We’ve become passive. It’s easier.
I know some churches are held in gymnasiums or other venues where, like me, you sit in a folding chair. It’s not always convenient or comfortable to open your Bible up on your lap, and also try to take notes if you want to.
But it’s important.
If we want to grow in God’s Word we HAVE to get into it. We have to spend time reading what He says to us. Thinking about it for ourselves. Seeking it for ourselves.
When it’s all done for us – we fail to even try. Our Bibles sit unopened and untouched.
I’d much rather have mine be worn from rifling through its pages often for answers and guidance.
Some advances and moves forward in the church are good. But some…..some just take the adventure and quest out of the journey.