Monday, January 02, 2012
It's All Worship
wor·ship [wur-ship] Show IPA noun, verb, -shiped, -ship·ing or (especially British) -shipped, -ship·ping.Had to look it up when I read this post @ Thoughtful Christian about space exploration:
1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
I think there’s a theological reason behind that, actually. Space exploration captures our imagination for many reasons, and one of those is that it can function as an act of worship.I could not help but reflect on what an incredibly narrow idea of worship this author has - it is only "praise" and "song." That is not what the dictionary says, it says "reverent honor and homage."
Part of worship involves coming to know God better in order that our praise is more genuine, relational and sincere. That’s why we study his word during a church service while also glorifying his name in song. That intimacy allows us to lovingly praise someone, not coldly acknowledge something.
Does it not honor God to study His creation? Does it not pay homage to God when we "create" rockets to go to space as He creates space itself? What in the definition of "worship" says it has to come down to a song?
Everything I do is worship if I do it in a way designed to honor God. But then maybe that is the problem. Maybe the new generation has found a different way to keep God in a Sunday morning box. Maybe it is no longer the stale liturgical rituals of my generation - but the effect is the same.
And therein lies the problem.