It’s football time in Tennessee and, everywhere else in the country. You will hear this phrase — Monday Morning Quarterback — a good bit as armchair quarterbacks (another cliché) tear apart and analyze their team’s performance from the previous weekend. The MMQ has no power to impact the game, but feels better after a good session or two ripping the coach and a few players apart.
Churches have them too… except they should be called “Sunday Lunch Worship Leaders.” They are the folks that analyze the song choices, the sound mix, the pastor’s sermon, the room temperature, the flower arrangement, the apparel of the singers, and the size of the crowd. Sadly, this tends to begin before the car has exited the parking lot, which insures our children are learning how to do this as well.
All of us should be careful with this. It can be a rabbit hole if it becomes a pattern in our lives. The last time I checked, “criticism” was not one of the spiritual gifts mentioned in the scripture.
But, some really good questions should be on our minds on Monday morning. If we could somehow develop a discipline to ask these of ourselves, maybe the preacher wouldn’t be as cooked as the pot roast when we sat down for lunch.
- Did I engage in the worship today?
- Was I generous in my giving?
- Did I pray before the services and ask God to move among his people?
- Did I encourage someone today?
- Was I able to focus on Jesus?
- Was I selfless?
- Did I hear God speak today?
- Did I confess my sin?
- Did I surrender to his will in my life?
It seems to me if I could hold myself accountable with questions like these instead of analyzing everyone else, maybe I wouldn’t find as much wrong with the church.
After all, I’m on the team too.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.