We used to be big John Mayer fans around here, and then he opened his mouth in some infamous interviews, and we just sort of stopped listening to him. It turns out that we weren’t the only ones: after the insanely stupid comments he made (not linking. look it up yourself if you really want to know), John Mayer withdrew from the spotlight and didn’t release a new album for a couple years. That album is out now, and John is back to doing interviews. The jury in my head is still out on him, but I heard him on NPR last weekend, and the interview was great.
At one point he said something to the effect that, “Since I was six years old, I’ve gotten into the most trouble when I didn’t want to be boring.” He talked some about how he would be open (read: outrageous, offensive) instead of honest because he was afraid people would think he was boring. When people didn’t like his music or performances, he wanted to convinced them he was funny and cool by being anything but boring.
The opposite of boring isn’t offensive, outrageous or crazy. But John Mayer isn’t the only whose made that mistake. Our attempts to be “not boring” often end up awkward or out-of-place because we don’t know what we are trying to be. Its true for individuals and its true for congregations. Being “not boring” is a reasonable goal for worship – nothing about God’s love and mission in the world is boring – but if its the only goal, it shows. And then we just stand for excitement instead of, you know, the exciting love of God.
The whole interview can be heard at NPR.