Watching Christian television I notice that clapping hands in large Christian meetings during a sermon has become common in some places. Years ago when I was young such practices were unheard of in church services.
As a teenager I was part of a brass band for some time. Of course we appreciated people showing they enjoyed our music. At the end of a concert the crowd might prolong their clapping and start shouting they wanted to hear more.
As you well know, nowadays I am a blogger. When I come across someone’s blog post I can see at its end how many others have “liked” that post. Those who receive much approval obviously have written something others can relate to.
When somebody likes one of my posts, I like to check out that person’s blog. I am interested to learn more about why somebody approved of what I have written. Such feed-back from readers can help me reflect on and improve my own writing.
On my list of English translations of 1 Corinthians 13:5 I was struck by the rendering of the Wycliffe Bible (2001 by P. Noble) : Love “is not covetous [of worships]…” This leads me to the question how important applause or other tokens of approval are to me.
A loving attitude would care about others. A loving person therefore would not primarily long for tokens of approval or admiration.
It is part of the task of a speaker that he or she should say things that stir listeners to think and that evoke a reaction. A Music group is meant to present music that would be pleasing and acceptable to its listeners. A blogger to be successful will have to write in a way that is interesting and likeable to others.
On the other hand it is better not to be carried away by a wave of favourable reactions. Once you primarily seek applause you may tend to neglect other aspects of your task.
Seeking admiration can be a form of selfishness. Setting self-centred priorities can cause you to be inappropriate at times. If you suddenly should have to face negative remarks and hear critical words, you might find yourself react in a way less than truly loving.
Christian love as St. Paul describes it would not crave for worships of others. A loving Christian would rather point to Jesus for him to receive all honour and glory!