In our class today, we looked at the book of Malachi- which many people think could be used as a commentary on the current state of the church in North America. Stemming from chapter 2, our professor, Daniel I Block, asked us whether it was alright to include "non-worshippers" in a "worship" service? He suggested that worship belongs in the community of the people of God and should not be for outer consumption. He suggested that when we invite others into our worship services, we are prostituting our worship. Wow. That’s a harsh term. He suggested that in our church communities we have neglected to fear God in worship. We have lost the sense of "awe" in relationship with God, and have directed our fear towards what others (visitors primarily) might think about the experience.
What do you think? Is it okay to invite others into our times of worship? Have we lost the sense of fear in worship? Are we unfaithful to God in worship? Or, perhaps, do we have such a distorted understanding of a worship "service" that we can’t even understand these questions?