Order In The House Of God
This was actually written a long time ago, but I thought it would be a good post for today!!
Why should there be order in the house of God?
1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
My husband and I have traveled all across this country, we have been to Mexico, England and Scotland. We have been in hundreds of churches and out of the churches that gave a bad impression to our family are the churches that seem chaotic. Most church members have the respect for their pastor and they wouldn’t dare let their children be disruptive. Most church members have the respect for the house of God that they wouldn’t dare let their children run around in the auditorium. And most of the church members have the respect for God himself that they wouldn’t be distracting to the pastor or preacher.
It hurts my heart to see parent allow their children to run in church or to cross in front of the preacher while he is preaching. These children will not just “grow out of it” they must be taught. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children how to treat the house of God. Are we raising our children to see the house of God as a place of worship, as an Holy place?
1 Timothy 3:14-15 “These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
Although this is talking about the previous verses, it still states “thou oughtest behave thyself in the house of God..” It’s a shame that most adults don’t even know how to behave in the house of God. So many are disruptive and loud, during church service. I see playing on cell phones, playing with their children, not paying attention to the man of God. Popping their gum or chewing on ice. I have heard adults laugh out loud while the pastor was preaching and he said nothing funny. It is so sad to see those same parents allow their children to run around and play during the church service.
It is very sad to me. The man of God prays and seeks God and studies to bring the church people a message from God and he receives no respect. The least someone could do is sit and be quiet and make their children be quiet while he is preaching.
When there is distraction and disrespect the Lord is not pleased. The Holy Spirit is more powerful than a child’s cry, but when there are lost people sitting in the pews, the devil will use whatever he needs to, to keep that person from hearing the man of God. I was at a church not too long ago and the child was screaming and the mother spanked the child in the church, so the baby got louder. No one around could hear the preaching. There is no way people could concentrate on the preaching when a child is allowed to be loud and disruptive. I felt sorry for the pastor and his wife, they sacrifice and they give and they work and then there is that one that chooses to allow their child to be a distraction. It shows. I understand training a child to sit in church, but you do not allow that child to be a distraction. Church members may be more passive with a child that is growing and learning, but visitors won’t be and it looks bad on the parents, but it also looks bad on the church. See the reputation of the church will become, ” the church with the screaming kids” or “the church where everyone talks while the man of God is talking” it’s a shame that Christian adults don’t know how to act in church. It is very hard to become a part of the service and connect to the preaching, as a visitor in many of these churches, it would be very hard for me to recommend that church for people to visit.. Because how can people get help, when the church members don’t take church serious.
Another trend I am seeing in churches is that children don’t sit in church. They are always up and down. When I was a child, you go to the bathroom before service starts and if you don’t, oh well, you have to wait until church is over. If you were talking to me and I just walked away while you were talking, you would say I was rude, and you would be right, but somehow we justify walking out on the preacher, the man of God. He is not preaching his opinion or his thought, he is preaching to us a message that God has given to him. I have seen the pastor have to move over he was in the way of someone walking out of the service. This should never happen in the house of a God. If you have to go out for emergency reasons, go out down the side aisle. Another big thing is children taking care of other people children during church. If you have children, don’t pass them off to others, they are your responsibility and God gave them to you. You become a burden when you expect others to keep your children. My children will not watch someone else’s children during the service unless it is their time in the nursery, because that child will be a distraction to my daughter and she will not hear what the man of God is preaching. I don’t want my child to miss getting help from God. I know I am being very blunt, but it is time that we as mothers, stop allowing our children to treat the house of God as a play ground. It is time that we look at our children and know that if we don’t train them up in the way they should go, that our children will die in their sins and go to hell. It is our responsibility to train our children to be obedient and respectful in the house of God.
But what about the man of God? It’s time we teach our children to be respectful of the man of God. I have seen children hit, kick and disrespect the man of God. We need to remember what happened to the children that made fun of the man of God. She bears came and tore them to pieces.
Its time to get back to training and raising our kids for the glory of God and it is time to stop allowing our kids to be in control.
Nothing bugs me more than to see the Pastor disrespected! He is the Man of God and it is time we get back to grating him with respect!!