I went to a Christian rock festival yesterday.  It actually rained for the entire 9 hours I was there, so I was soaked and shivering much of the time, but it was really fun regardless.  I saw seven bands: Decyfer Down, Stellar Kart, Disciple, Hawk Nelson, Kutless, Skillet and Jeremy Camp.

Before playing the song “Those Nights,” John Cooper of Skillet said something like this: “On those nights, we need to remember, we have our God (crowd: whoo!), our friends (whoo!), and our music (WHOOO!)!  I noticed that the crowd screamed louder for “music” than for “God,” and that offended me a little.   Could it be that some people have become hung up on music, and miss what the truly important thing is?

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Half-way through the last act, I left the crowd and went for a walk, because my knees had started to hurt.  I was standing off by myself, and this guy walked up to me and started talking.  The conversation went something like this:

Guy: Isn’t it great?
Me: What?
Guy: God, isn’t he great?
Me: Oh, yeah man, He’s amazing.  Really amazing.
Guy: You ready for it all to end?
Me: I don’t know, man.
Guy: The world’s about to end, you know.
Me: Yeah, He’s coming soon.
Guy: You know the swine flu vaccine, they’re locking people up in California.
Me: People are getting it from the vaccine?  They’re quarantine…
Guy: No, if they don’t get the vaccine, they’re locking them up in     concentration camps.
Me: Uh…

The guy then got a call on his cell phone and walked away, so I walked away.  Anyway, strange conversation, right?  I wonder, have some people become seriously hung up on end-time conspiracy theories?

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Today, I was talking to a guy at church about healing revivals, and he remarked, “I wish we could just go over to Bethel and just take the entire church and bring it here,” and later, “If you have a healer, don’t let them go.  It’s like, if you’re in one room, and Jesus is in the other room, are you going to stay there?”  As much as I appreciate the gifts and ministries of great men of God, do you think that some people have become hung up on these gifts and ministries?  Have they somehow exalted these things as an ideal, as a false vision of perfection?

Don’t let anything, even good things, get in the way of your love relationship with the God of the universe.

“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’  He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.'”—Luke 10:17-20


One thought on “Hang-Ups

  1. Great post Joel.

    ” As much as I appreciate the gifts and ministries of great men of God, do you think that some people have become hung up on these gifts and ministries?”

    I share your concern.

    It does seem that some people in our day are getting their priorities out of order and seeking a certain manifestation of supernatural power or miracles more than even the person of Jesus Himself, more than personal holiness, and more than evangelism or commitment to making disciples.

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