20 Feb Cat and Dog Theology in the church today
There is a book titled: Cat and Dog Theology: Rethinking Our Relationship With Our Master.
In the book the author states. A dog says, ‘You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, you must be God.’ A cat says, ‘You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, I must be God.’
“This book challenges the readers’ understanding of their relationship with God. The God-given traits of cats (‘you exist to serve me’) and dogs(‘I exist to serve you’) can be similar to certain theological attitudes held by many Christians. In our personal theologies, some attitudes may draw us closer to God, and others can also pull us away from Him.”
I love his comparison, Today we have to many cat’s in the church, people who believe God is here to serve them. And we have to many churches that function on cat theology, one only has to look at the worship services to see that, they are designed to please the attendee not worship God, they treating the people as if they are God. As if worship is all about them, something to please them, be about them and their likes and dislikes. Worship has become about the band and songs that entertain, please the attendee not worship God. They even get marketing surveys to tell them how to do worship as to please the attendee. The bands, songs, the light and sound shows, and drama are all attendee focused, there only real purpose is for the people in attendance not God. Worship today is set up not to be an observed performance. Some of the people may sing along with the band, but that not the same thing.
Real Worship happens when we have a dog’s theology, we come to celibate, worship, love on, thank God for who He is and has done for us. Go not to be entertained (be the center, target of worship, be god), but to fall on our faces and worship, love on God with our own personal words of praise. Come with a new song in our heart to sing out to God. Seek after His face and presents and not stop tell He shows up in all His power and might that we might love Him face to face.
Which one are you, which theology are you? We need to get a dogs theology, get back to God is God and worship Him and Him alone. I long for the day with church is filled with the glorious presents of God, and the people are found prostrate on the floor before Him crying out Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.