I slipped in to the Student Awakening service tonight just in time to hear Laura Hackett tear into the sing-songy “I was made for / I was made for / I was made for / I was made for / I was made for / I was made for love”.
This lyric probably best exhibits the fact that some things do not make the transfer from music to prose, because reading it back it sounds rather dorky…but sung, at the top of one’s lungs, with 2000 other people who are singing at the top of their collective lung, it’s a different experience.
Across the room, they were bouncing. ‘Dancing’ is too kind of a word for most of what was happening, as it denotes a certain grace and panache. No, the joint was jumping in a pentecostal pogo the likes of which I’ve rarely seen. And why? Because the lyric pings the heart of anyone with an ear to hear it. It declares what we all pray is true – that we were made for something beyond ourselves.
There is a growing discontent with the hollowness of self gratification. Periodically, when preaching, I’ll drop a line about the rewiring of the American Dream, because it’s become the American Nightmare. In the past year, I’ve probably said it six or eight times. Each time, people cheered. Why? Because they know they were made to dream bigger than a bigger mortgage than their parents could imagine. They are skeptical of buying the sack of goods that they’re told comprises the Good Life. They are convinced that if a Good Life exists, it’s out there, beyond them.
Beyond them it is. Beyond circumstance, beyond happenstance, in a place of divine orchestration….God knew them before they were born. He created them for interaction with Himself. Divine reaching to decrepit, embracing us, and declaring ‘you were made for loving me.’ It’s not a pitch for the Good Life, it’s the experience of Real Life.
So keep your church services orchestrated at the lowest common denominator of discomfort. Wind up your tidy sermons on how to have a better life, quantified by your 31 day average balance. I don’t think you’re going to sway people much longer. I’m not totally sure you ever did.
When people realize they were made for a purpose beyond self gratification, they come alive at a whole ‘nother level.
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