Tunglang moves from describing authentic street food to talking about authentic forms of worship. From the way he describes it, it’s not such a great leap, as we might think.
Time has changed many things, many perceptions, many tastes and many lifestyles.
As has been the crux of argument for and against tasty, cheaper street hawker food vis-a-vis super clean yet expensive food court plastics, the ‘contemporary trend’ of style seems to be moving towards more comfortable, aircon-ed and modern stylish buildings to house worshippers in the hope of attracting more believers and prospective converts. Some even have gone to the extent of having hi-fi sense surround equipment with wireless mikes and miniature ear phones! Surely God is not suffering from Tinnitus and definitely does not want such extravagant displays of hitech toys and egoistic pandering at the expense of worshippers? Is it the numbers game or is it the authentic search and fishing of lost souls?
2000 years of talking and worshipping the same God need not change like that. What is of concern is humanity’s change of hearts and attitudes when relating to and worshipping Yahweh. The Bedouins are still praying in the desert wilderness just as Jesus did. Or the Penans in the humid heats of the rainforest swatting mosquitoes while giving thanks or saying grace.
It is what is truly in the human hearts that God really cares for. Human spirits can’t lie or pretend in the presence of The Creator. Award winning hitech houses of worship can’t win His favour or blessings. Nor acoustic renditions of Amazing Grace when the mind is somewhere else.
I still prefer the woody smell of old churches where I can still feel His intimate, loving presence most.