Sometimes today people make statements like, “I just can’t enjoy reading the Bible. I’ve read it so much, it’s a boring thing.” Or, “Christianity is a boring religion.” Or, “I get so bored with the worship services. There is nothing interesting and fresh about them.”
Probably, in all honesty, these thoughts are not new. Every generation surely must have had its own people who felt bored and for whom boredom closed the doors to spiritual growth. The difference is that in the past when people had those thoughts they were ashamed of them, knowing that there was some fault within their own attitude and understanding or they would not have felt that way. So they usually kept their thinking to themselves, their own guilty secret.
Today, though, the boredom is expressed as a charge, not against self, but against Christianity. If people find the Bible to be boring, the implication is that the Bible is at fault. Christianity is pronounced a boring religion because it fails to meet the needs of today’s society. Worship is boring because it is formal and ritualistic.
How sad it is that we have grown subconsciously so secure in our confidence in our own thinking and intellect that we question and find fault with God’s work rather than with ourselves when it seems that something somewhere is not measuring up to the needed standard! Is this not the epitome of egoism?
Is God’s word boring? Not if we have cultivated (and cultivation is something we do ourselves, by choice) a hunger for it; not if it is His living word in our hearts instead of a dead letter; not if we love the daily guidance we receive from it. (Psalms 1:1,2) “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.“
Is Christianity a boring religion? Does it have no relevance in today’s world? We need to understand that Christian does not draw from the world around it, and its relevancy does not depend on the culture in which it exists. Christianity is a way of life designed by the God of heaven to fill all the needs of all men in all cultures for all time and to lift them above their human cultures. Christianity is as relevant as its adherents will allow it to be in their individual lives.
Is worship boring and ritualistic? Worship is adoration of God, not entertainment of humans. It was planned by God according to His own wisdom so if there is any lacking, it is in us and not in the plan. God knew that there is strength in fellowship so he asked His family to gather regularly so that we should be continually aware of each other’s needs and would be moved by our love to help each other.
But worship is more than just gathering together. And it is a much more involved and profound thing than just conforming to a ritual. (John 4:23,24) “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.“
First, Worship is adoration and exaltation of God. The whole group is to be involved, but the act of worshipping is a very individual thing. That is why those who participate fully go home spiritually invigorated by the experience while those who practice absentmindedly or were primarily spectators find worship “boring.”
Second, Worship is a teaching and strengthening process. The hymns and the studies, the sharing of spiritual thought and growth, are all meant to edify the body. Again, God showed His wisdom in His plan. He knew that men would gain more from reaching out to others to help them grow than from concentration entirely on their needs. So worship should, and must be, a time of giving and receiving, of “teaching and admonishing one another”, if it is to be effective. (Colossians 3:16)
Third, Worship is a weekly renewal of our commitment to the death of Christ and to the new life we have in Him. How often Christians fail in their awareness of this part of worship! If a sincere searching of the heart and soul is made each week, followed by a fresh avowal of giving of one’s entire self to God, how could such a time of consecration ever be labelled “boring”?
Everything about the Christian way of life is as new and vital as the “new” of a new day, because it is a living relationship between a living soul and his living God. To allow it to sink to the level of boredom must surely be one of the deepest hurts we could inflict on our Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit.