Saturday, 26 May 2012

Brother to Brother ...

Have we gotten "off course" a little lately?

I saw this video last night which I thought was very good. As I watched (and worshipped) all I could think about was the fact that maybe we don't take time out from our theological bickering often enough to just stop and worship. Have you ever wondered about that? Oh, I know, I am just as guilty as the next person. I confess that.

Please understand, I am not saying that we cannot or should not have theological discussions. In and of themselves, they can be quite healthy. God has laid on each heart something to share with the rest of the body (1 Corinthians 14:26). In fact, sharing with each other is His plan for the church. I suspect that where we get off course, however, is when we come across with an arrogance of having the last word on the matter and not recognizing the spiritual gifts and insights of others. When this happens, contention and factions (acts of the sinful nature; Galatians 5:20) also happen as we become less and less gracious with each other. This should not be.

Could it be that, just maybe, it doesn't even matter who is ultimately right and wrong, or who can correctly parse those Greek verbs, or who can do, do, do (whatever) - as much as it matters that we simply worship Him? He alone is worthy.
"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! ... Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created" (Revelation 4:8,11; ESV).
So, brother to brother, next time you or I get inspired to rant and rave about some theological issue, I wonder what our dialogue with each other would look like if we first took time out for some genuine worship. I suspect that if we really first did that, then maybe we would all be just a little more gracious with each other and with (our perceived views of) each other's errors and faults. Maybe we then really would look more like brothers. Hmm, just a thought.

Anyway, that's the way I see it. I hope you are able to stop for a few moments of worship as Jesus Culture leads us with "Holy." Praying the Lord's blessings and peace for you, my brothers and sisters.

"Let us offer to God acceptable worship" (Hebrews 12:28)

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