In the midst of talking about Moses’ preparations to meet with God in my message this past weekend, I referenced a quotation from writer Annie Dillard. Her words always strike a chord with me about the tone and serious nature of what we are doing in worship. A number of people asked me for it, so I am sharing it with you all here.
On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews.
– Annie Dillard,Teaching a Stone to Talk, 58.