Smile, you are on camera.
These days, I sense ‘frown’ you are on camera. They are everywhere. While very handy, they can also be intrusive.
I have cameras inside and outside of my home. I get that. Our cell phones can take great pics and I like that until used wrongly.
Where I am going with this, is in the church and those emotional moments at the altar or in worship.
I don’t mind the cameras rolling to get the service so the service can be shown for many to view to shut-ins, around the world to spread the Gospel, to watch again, etc. What I do mind whether it be me or others, please get that camera out of my face and allow my private time in prayer or worship whether in the congregation and especially at the altar.
Then you know the cell phones and in church. People feel they can video or snap pics of the same. Please have respect.
One service I was at, one heavy set woman was touched by God and she was worshiping. I could see her fat jiggling as she was dancing and joyful, being touched by the Lord. I was happy for her but would have been mortified if she knew behind the scene, the cell phone camera. The mother and daughter in front of me were giggling and videotaped this of her. I was livid. No wonder I do not move out in such services. There are other reasons but the cameras are hindering the move of God, not just in me but for many, which is not right.
Many, as I stated, not just me feel the same. They, too, will stay seated and not move anywhere the camera might zoom in. The altar for one, and the most important place of a church.
Respect! Where has it gone?
This past weekend, I was at a great ladies conference and while no large camera was rolling, I saw many cell phones out and being used more and more as the conference continued. It was like, monkey see monkey do.
I would say that many would be intimidated by such and freeze. This action halts the flow of the Holy Spirit. While we should not hinder His move, it does. To bring this up, it goes in one ear and out the other of those in leadership. Sad.
I myself attend a late church service when I know no camera is used and it is less drama and theatrics. I know some love the spotlight and I understand the platform of those to be on camera, close shots, etc., but the congregation in worship and prayer, it is not the place. To cover the whole service from the back of the sanctuary is sufficient and still allows a freedom.
This is my pet peeve, as you can tell, but I have heard so many say the same. How about you? What are your thoughts? Do you experience the same?
Please be considerate and respectful during such spiritual moments. Reconsider your camera use. If your church and mine and video techs are zooming in on the ugly cries, please stop.
The ugly cry. What is it? Urban Dictionary defines it as “a type of crying that feels really good and really bad at the same time.” But it’s more than just that. In an article for New Republic, Rachel Vorona Cote writes that “to ‘ugly cry’ means to weep so fervidly that one’s face contorts in ostensibly unattractive ways.”
These days, more than ever, people need God. Those camera moments can be made from a distance and the message received for the hearts to receive instead. Newcomers are fearful enough and dealing with sinful matters that they do not need to fear this, too. Even professed Christians are dealing with matters, we all are, so let’s pull back the cameras and let God move.
Let God move on the hearts of those in attendance. Please!
We all need a move of God more than ever in our lives and in our churches.