Archive for April, 2011
Did you brush your teeth this morning? Probably without thinking. When you woke up did you have to ask your stomach if it was time for food? I doubt it.
We are creatures of habit. Things become natural for us after a short while, and we often do them without thinking. This can be a good thing: routinely cleaning your body is essential. But it can also be a bad thing. We must never stop asking ourselves this simple question when in regards to our obedience to Christ: why?
When you read your bible in the morning, stop and ask yourself “Why?” When you attend church on Sunday, when you sing hymns and worship songs, when you kneel at the alter, and when you pray ask yourself “why?”
Don’t let your worship become a monotonous activity. Worship Him because He is worthy, and has plucked you out of the fire.
Don’t read the Word because you are required, or to fill a daily quota. Read the Word because you are hungry for Bread.
Don’t attend a church because “it’s the right thing to do”. Go because you are strengthened through fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Never stop examining yourself. Begin with the question “why?”
1 Corinthians 11:28
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”
That’s a great article title. But it’s actually the title of this video created by Franklyn Schaefer.
This will be added to the list of “Top Christian Video’s on Youtube.”
Thanks for watching!
I’ve been in many different types of churches, and many different denominations. Most of them have rules for worship: what instruments they can use, what hymnals they sing from, whether or not you’re allowed to clap, how you may dress to attend worship, and the list goes on.
Are we God that we may decide how worship is to be conducted? Having a musical preference is only natural; I would even say it’s required to have any personality at all. However, when somebody creates a rule book because anything other than their preference is apparently “evil”.
I’m not an emergent, a seeker friendly, or lightweight Christian. I believe that God has required much of us, and will hold us accountable for everything we do or say. But you’ve gone too far to preserve a useless tradition within your church if you consider drums evil.
Don’t just take my word for it. Read what King David had to say:
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
That isn’t worship because it’s a song written a long time ago, because it’s found in hymnals, or because of the instruments used. It’s worship because the lyrics are lifting God up and putting ourselves in our rightful place at His feet. It’s worship because it coincides with the Psalm we just read.
Now, let me introduce you to some more worship. Watch this video:
Why is that any different? Our Pastors say the same thing but slower. In fact, he made good use of the cymbals, and remember that’s the only instrument mentioned twice.
There are more arguments against contemporary music, but I don’t care about them. I’ve read through them and they don’t have a sentence of un-contorted scripture to back them up. Some believe it’s wrong simply because of the beat. How silly.
Worship Him constantly. And when necessary, sing too.