"C'mon, get up! What are we in, church?" Guys laughed and the mood gradually grew to it's norm. Now, I've heard similar statements, but they usually compare the quietness to a funeral instead of a church.
No matter, the point was clear: people (saints and sinners alike) equate church with boredom. And I can't say I blame them. Who wants to be part of something where it's adherents look like they have a foot in the grave and are drinking from a glass of lemon pulp?
I had to laugh one Sunday morning when our church music director chose to sing one rather peculiar song. I say peculiar because this particular church is largely behaviorally conservative; far from charismatic, that is. Great group, friendly, loving group, but not a very lively group. Leadership wants to be contemporary, but it just doesn't work there for some reason. Anyway, I smiled as I played the drums and watched the congregation worship...err, sing...err, stand during this particular tune:
The name of the song is, "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever", and a portion of the lyrics go like this: "Oh I feel like dancing. It's foolishness, I know.....we will dance with joy like we're dancing now. I could sing of your love forever...."
Let's break it down.....
First, quite honestly, lots of people in this place barely move their lips during the praise and worship, let alone sing;
Second, many of them don't feel like singing for 5 minutes, let alone for 5 million years, which looks a lot more like forever than does 5 minutes;
Third, statues come to mind;
Fourth, I've never seen a statue dance.
Fifth, "dishonesty" also came to mind. So maybe it was actually a good thing people weren't singing along.
....and those piercing words of the bowling alley loudmouth rang in my ears: "C'mon, get up! What are we in, church?"