Do Worship Traditions Entertain or Train Us?

Do our worship traditions entertain or train (in righteousness)?

Dimmed lights enhance the atmosphere, but where’s the Sabbath rest?

Are we in church for entertainment or do we want God’s best?

What is the goal of worship? Is it to train for spiritual war

Or to do religious motions? What have we come here for?


Do our worship traditions mean much or do we do them in vain?

We can sing to please the masses and repeat a fine refrain.

But does it bring us to the God who can sustain?

We know His Word is powerful to save, deliver, heal,

But if it doesn’t show His love, then what does that reveal?


Do our worship traditions entertain or train in righteousness,

Or, in some instances, do such traditions cause distress?

“You’ve made the scriptures to have no effect through your tradition,”

Jesus told the men bound in religious superstition.

Had their worship turned into a music competition?


For God’s Word was in their minds but yet it wasn’t in their heart.

The Holy Spirit’s presence they neglected to impart.


Though in the seat of Moses, a position of respect,

They had no power to cast out demons, heal, or resurrect.

When Jesus healed the man who suffered from a withered hand,

They hated His authority. To have Him killed they planned.

Therefore, it seems their worship really wasn’t all that grand.


For God desires worship both in spirit and in truth,

But fleshly worship ends in death. It doesn’t bear good fruit,

Because when it’s man-made, then self-reliance soon sets in,

With defiance of God’s will, and then no one can win.

It’s like a heavy Jeroboam golden calf idol of sin.


Such church traditions entertain, but band members aren’t called.

Just anyone can join the team. The godly are appalled,

For graven ways of doing things drain power from the church,

And truly gifted people find themselves left in the lurch,

Shut out by praise that’s dry. It’s not the well for which they search.


And what if Christ should suddenly appear within our church?

Would we like how we’ve portrayed the One for whom the sheep do thirst?

For if we say “believe for wonders” but don’t show them many,

Aren’t some likely to conclude, “They really haven’t any”?


Author: C R Flamingbush

C.R. Flamingbush grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in German and linguistics. After working seven years for the Department of Defense (an easy job), she took on the most difficult challenge in the world: a lifetime career of raising four children. Along the way she developed a passion for writing Christian superhero fantasy. She enjoys humor because it's Biblical (see the second psalm) and she loves to make people laugh - whether through her writings, her art, or just by being herself. Writing fantasy is her way of poking fun at human foibles and all the ridiculous ideas that so easily beset the human race, while at the same time honoring God in every way she can. Flamingbush has been a member of Faithwriters since 2010, and several of her winning contest entries have been published by Fresh Air Press. She likes Fan Story and has been a Narnia fan since the age of ten. In terms of influence, she aspires to be the next C.S. Lewis but has quite a ways to go in that regard. Speed of Sight, a Superhero Adventure, is her first novel. A sequel is in the works.

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