Practical Theology Of Worship Series

Everyone Worships Something (Image only, the video is below)

This post is part of the Practical Theology Of Worship Series. In the “Everybody Worships” section, we’ll explore the connection between understanding human spirituality and biblical worship.  The purpose is to develop a heart understanding of  biblical worship that enables us to connect with people unfamiliar with, or just done with,  “churchianity.

The video below makes the case that everyone worships something. I agree but approach the conversation in a different way. Read on and you’ll see.

First, here’s the video for class discussion.

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“Everyone worships. Sure, not everyone wants to call it worship, or even think about what they’re doing.” But everyone worships something.

Everyone has some ultimate thing that they center their life around. Some thing or some one that they hope will give their life meaning or purpose.

For some it’s religion,

for others it’s money.

For some it’s fun
or success
or power

It does seem humans have a drive or impulse to put something or someone in the position of glory and organize their lives or lifestyle around that.

Some might call this a religious impulse. Others would think of this as the quest for spirituality. 

Wikipedia’s definition for “religion” 

Religion is a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and worldviews that establishes symbols that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values.

Wikipedia’s definition for “spirituality” 

Spirituality can refer to an ultimate or an alleged immaterial reality;[1] an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being; or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.

I think that intuitively, we know this to be true, that everyone does worship something.

The apostle Paul describes misplaced worship in Romans 1:25

“… they traded the true God for a fake god,
and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them …”

This issue is , what is the direction of your worship?
Is it to the God of the bible – or not?

In the next post of this series we’ll unpack the spirituality – worship connection in more depth. I also get personal about how I stumbled into this journey of understanding the worship impulse.

Question: Do you agree that everyone ‘worships’ something? What ‘not-church’ expressions of “worship” do you see? Love to see your comments!

Thanks for reading! The purpose of this blog is to encourage wholehearted worship worldwide.  Partner with us.