My son recently attended a Christian conference. During a time of worship, the “house” lights dimmed and colored spot lights illuminated the musicians up front. The leader began by saying, “We don’t want you to view this as a show…”
My son, sitting in the congregation, thought, If you don’t want us to view this as a show, then why the colored lights? He’s got a point.
Please understand that this is not a generational difference. My son is just twenty-one years old. He’s not an old guy like me. But he does recognize that the point of worship is to focus on God, not us.
As we discussed this experience, he made another observation. This obviously was not the first time that he was in a setting where the main lights were dimmed for worship. He expressed that it seemed odd since there won’t be any darkness in heaven. So for people who have always been in churches where the lights are dimmed for worship, heaven will seem even more foreign to them than it will to the rest of us. Another great point.
Maybe for all our talk of not making worship a show, often it has become one anyway. Perhaps it would be good to remove the emphasis from the people in the front, and, instead, direct our attention toward God.