Another quiet plea from an introvert to the extroverted Church.

     I'm just putting this out there. Again. I am an introvert. This fact doesn't change when I go to church. No matter how many times you tell me to go talk to a stranger and ask them a contrived question, I'm not going to want to do it. I will do it if I have to, and I'll answer if someone asks me a question, but it's just not how I'm made. And that's okay. Not everyone has to be all "YAY! LET'S TALK TO EVERYONE AND BE LOUD AND CLAP AND YELL!!!" to demonstrate our devotion to God. I can stand quietly and still while having a deeply moving moment with God, and you'll probably never know it.  It doesn't make my experience less important, less real, or less spiritual. It makes my experience quieter and more private.  
     I only say this because churches seem to be made more for the extroverts now. The people that get energized by meeting lots of new people and expressing their emotions for everyone to see.  We've visited so many churches in the last 2 years, and I'm starting to wonder if exuberance and volume are the new gauge by which we judge the health of a church.  It used to be all about numbers. How many came to church this Sunday compared to last Sunday, this year compared to last year?  I hope most can agree that numbers are not the only or even the best way to judge the health of a church. 
    But what about those churches or services made up of quiet people? How did we become the example of what NOT to be in church?

 "Dear God, thank you for not letting me be like that quiet person that won't raise their hands during the slow song and clap during the fast song."

No, I've never heard someone say that, but it's the impression I get sometimes.  Worshiping Jesus Christ with other believers is a very beautiful thing to be a part of. I'm thankful that God loves and creates so many different kinds of people. I think of all the "God is..." statements: love, holy, righteous, jealous, a provider. All of these different traits in one God. They don't contradict each other. They're all a part of who God is.  Christians, Christ followers, make up the church. The church is made up of all kinds of people. Loud people, blunt people, hospitable people, quiet people, musical people, opinionated people, leaders, teachers, encouragers, counselors, doers, and thinkers. We all have a part in the church. We need all kinds of people, both the visible and the background people. 
   Now I'm NOT saying that anyone is off the hook by claiming their personality doesn't match a need. Quiet, more private people still need to be Christ to the world. We still reach out to people. Non-musical people still sing. Opinionated people can learn to be quiet. ;) 

So...I'm sorry for being way too serious.  I'm just a quiet girl that doesn't have to be louder and more...well...just MORE to offer acceptable worship.
    

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