The Folly of Feel-Good Worship
In light of the wave of seeker sensitive approaches to worship in recent years, this quote from Richard John Neuhaus seemed quite refreshing:
Worship that caters to the selfish interest of avoiding discomfort is probably not worship of the God revealed in Christ crucified. Christian worship should be an encounter with God wherein our unworthiness is laid bare. Why would anyone expect to avoid discomfort in a religion the chief symbol of which is an instrument of ancient executions. Inasmuch as true worship is part of following a crucified Lord, it will sometimes be deeply uncomfortable and perhaps even excruciating. But, like the torturous death of our Lord, it will become our salvation and bring us ultimately to true comfort.