I was in college when one of my buddies said something to me that captured a universal truth in a way that I had never considered it before: “We’re all worshippers. We all worship something. We’ve been born to worship. . . and worship we will.” Some of us make a conscious choice of worship object, and we build our lives around that. Others wind up worshipping something without giving it all much thought. It just happens. In one way or another we all – as Dylan once sang – “got to serve somebody.”
Earlier this week, Tim Challies posted a little video that captures our worshipful nature and the strange twists and turns it can all take in our contemporary world. This one features a talk by Jim Gilliam entitled “The Internet is My Religion,” which Gilliam gave at the Personal Democracy Forum 2011. It is passionate, it is pointed, and it is heart-breaking.
This little clip packs a powerful punch with loads of thought catalysts and talking points. For me, Gilliam’s odyssey and honesty spark sadness, compassion, and loads of questions. Gilliam’s message is for the church. It should make us think deeply about how we do things and where we fall short. I would love to hear more from Gilliam about his upbringing, his church experience, and the things that left a sour taste in his mouth. Gilliam’s message offers insight into how people are thinking, living, and worshipping in this rapidly changing world of ours.
This is one worth talking about.