Today we went to Beza international church. It is a great Church located in a large pole barn type building, but is very Western with video cameras, power points, a band and such. They have an Amharic service early and then and English later. It was full of international people, but most of them were African (Kenyan, Nigerian, etc) a few White people, but not many other races that I noticed.
So in true Ethiopian fashion we arrived at 11:00 (when the service started), but the Church was empty. By 11:30 the Church was half full and the singing began. By 12:00 the singing was still going on ( I think the same song even) and the Church was full. We sang until about 12:45. Everyone worshiped differently. Some sat and bowed their heads, some were on their knees with their heads on the floor. Some were jumping, clapping and others were yelling some unique African cheer that sounded like “walawalawalawalawala” in a very loud voice.
So after singing we sat for the sermon (about 1 hour 15 minutes). It was a great sermon. Let me share with you the lesson. It was about Religion vs. Faith. The pastor says Religion is rules, what gets in the way of Faith. And Faith is what we need training in. Here are a few analogies.
1. There is a group of elite Navy Seals who train more than any other group of military personal. They trained and trained waiting for the day when they got a call from Obama to take out Osama Bin Ladin. And they did. That is how we have to practice. Train every day like we are waiting for the Devil so when he does, we are ready.
- Many of us are right handed. If you are right handed you have the ability to write with your left hand, but you don’t. There is no practice. If you start to practice with your left hand it is hard at first. You have to keep trying and practicing until it come natural. This is like faith.
We must practice. We must train.
So this is what we learned this morning for 3 hours, I think it only took you 3 minutes so you have more time to practice than I do!