The giant screens announced, “Caution: High Intensity Strobe Lights Used In This Service”. I mused that I had never seen such a warning posted at a church service before!
But in today’s church of the hi-tech gospel this may be all too familiar. One church spent in excess of one million dollars upgrading their lighting system to the latest state of the art quality that would rival any modern performance hall.
Other churches seeking to be a part of the new “hip” Christian movement have created pulpits more resembling concert venues than sanctuaries. And young worshipers flood in to hear the hot new bands and music.
Going in reverse five hundred years or so, majestic cathedrals dotted the skies of most European cities. Like treasure chests filled with ornate marble statues and icons the sun poured through colossal stained glass windows creating a myriad of beautiful colors cascading upon the congregants.
From sixteenth century pipe organs to computer generated lyrics and rhythm tracks the church has marched onward in the quest for beauty and relevance. But has the gospel gotten lost along the way?
I stood in a field in east Africa amid a few scruffy trees and parched bushes. The wind gently blew across our faces giving a welcome relief to the grip of the hot summer sun.
We laughed and sang and someone shared the Gospel. We prayed and later broke bread together. There were no switches to turn off. No cords to unplug. No warning signs to be shut off. Just simply church.
I thought about home and what we have become and wondered “can’t Jesus be enough?”.

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Comment by Brother Timothy Clark on April 20, 2016 at 5:27am

in all honesty, Jesus should be enough. however, in a world where everything has a market the question becomes, how can we market the gospel in a tech driven culture in a manner that will allow spreading of God's message yet, effectively reach younger generations? thus, as a result we have a tech driven church.  now there's nothing wrong with that as a hole. those within the church who are tech geeks such as myself realize that we have a place within God's kingdom. however, the problem is when the technology begins effecting worship. sadly, it has done just that with all of it's fancy screens and public address systems. the church  as a hole is  a corporate place of technology. the church  is supposed  to be a group of people who gather in Jesus name to sing praises on to the Lord God and to hear a message from the anointed man who is placed in charge of that particular congregation.

 while i absolutely love new technology and while i certainly believe it can be used in the church for winning souls for Christ's sake, things like fancy screens and loud boomy speakers should not be used. it isn't a rock concert, it's a Jesus experience. 

 if you are wishing to record the service in audio and video, this can be achieved by having cameras back behind a curtain and a line in cable running from one of the headphone jacks of the board into a computer. it doesn't have to look or sound professional during playback. it does however have to be effective in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. that remains the responsibility of the preacher and the tech guy. 

 congregations spend millions on tech crews just to get a good product in the end. are these tech guys even believers? some congregations outsource so as to get the best and only the best. this is yet another aspect that should be briefly hit on. 

 i'll leave it at this.

 if you are a big congregation you should have, 1 tech guy, 1 board, 1 set of small speakers, 1 computer, and 1 camera. beyond this is fancy overkill which effects both the experience of the clergy and the parishioners. 

 thus, while technology is good we all know that to much of a good thing is a bad thing. we must effect a balance or we will assuredly help to kill the true gospel and intent of Christ. use technology, absolutely. it's unavoidable. however, use to much and we focus on it more then we do the sermon. 

 let's not get carried away with the fancy lights and all the glam and glitter of the world.

Comment by Scott Wesley Brown on April 20, 2016 at 10:06pm

Good points Timothy! Thanks for your response. May Christ be glorified!

Comment by Brother Timothy Clark on April 20, 2016 at 10:46pm

Christ can't have the glory if the church as a hole is focused in on the technology aspect. i like to say that you can't have your cake and eat it to in other words, in this instant balance is key. without it, the church will parish as it gives over to the whimsical flaws of the devil. 

 we must take heart though. Jesus has a plan and we must be able to adapt our plans around him. i hear of people all the time who talk of the church adapting to the things of the world. while this isn't a bad thing on it's own, it certainly turns into a bad thing when this is our attitude towards worship. in the instance of worship we find people adapting it to fit a digital age. this is a hazard and vary dangerous. we must not do that. in this case it's not the church that must adapt, it's the people walking into the church. worship is not a means of entertainment. it's a means of giving thanks, glory, honor, and praise to a God who requires it. anything above this is dangerous.

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