Corybantic is a word referring to the priests of Cybele, a Phrygian goddess of nature who apparently performed wild dances.
Over the years, some Christians use words like corybantic to point out and disagree with the worship style of fellow Christians. Oh we might not actually say the word corybantic, but we mean it just the same.
“Oh, he raises his hands in the air when we sing!”
“Did you see that? She is waving a flag and in the sanctuary too!”
“Hey, that one sings with their eyes closed!”
“What’s with that? He isn’t singing!”
Would you agree that true worship involves concentrating on God? You know, paying attention to the Divine, showing respect and love for God through adoration, devotion and prayer?
Wouldn’t that mean concentrating on God and not on the folks in the next pew?
If we are busy looking at one another’s worship style, doesn’t that mean we ourselves are not worshipping? We definitely are not concentrating on God.
This was Paul’s goal and it should be ours as well.
My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. (Titus 1:2, MSG)
Prayer – Lord when all is done and you call us to account, let there never be corybantic finger pointing in our story. Amen!