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Ron Writes

Is Church Boring?

America has been described as “the land of the free and the home of the bored.” Speaking of boredom, Bertrand Russell said, “half the sins of mankind are caused by fear of it.” Erich Fromm called it “the illness of the age.” What teenager hasn’t been “bored?”

It appears that the Hebrews audience was getting bored, “dull of hearing” (5:11). Hebrews was concerned that they would “drift away” (2:1). It had gotten to the point that some had stopped “assembling together” (10:25). Like the priests in the OT who looked at their duties and said, “my, how tiresome it is” (Mal. 1:13)!

Mark Twain describes Tom Sawyer as being bored with worship. The announcements or as he calls them “notices” would “stretch out to the crack of doom.” And the preacher “droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod.” Tom could barely endure the prayer that was “generous” with “details.” Most of us have experienced worship when it was less than invigorating, i.e. “boring.” As a performance it hardly ranks with a good concert. For excitement it doesn’t come close with a Seahawk game. In passionate devotion to a cause, it doesn’t come close to a street protest.

Hebrews solution? Tell them about Jesus! How do you revive a tired church and bored members? Focus on Jesus. What makes Hebrews one of the most powerful books in the NT? It’s about Jesus. It’s been called the “5th Gospel.” He tells us how Jesus is “better.” We may argue about who wrote Hebrews, whether it was Paul, Apollos, Luke or someone else, but make no mistake about it, whoever wrote Hebrews loved the Lord! “Sing me a song about Jesus!” What a friend we have in Jesus. Draw near to Jesus. Themes for our songs drip off the pages of Hebrews. Jesus is exciting! It’s a story that’s just too good to be true – but we are part of that story! Is Jesus boring? God forbid! Tell us about Jesus! Revive us again!