Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I love the fact that liturgical worship isn’t every worshiper doing whatever he or she wants to do. I’m not one to criticize the particular behaviors of any group of worshipers, but I would like to suggest that there is something really wrong with a service where people are given permission to try and outdo one another in participation and enthusiasm. Now many of my friends call this being “free” in worship, but this sort of freedom seems to have certain predictable consequences.I think this runs much deeper than intra-worshiper competition.
Worship is putting God on His throne. Making Him king of our lives. How can we do that when we are doing what WE want to do? Yes, I'll be the first one to admit that any prescribed liturgy may not match the will of God with precision, but it certainly does represent the best efforts man has made over centuries and even millennia to do so. Further, it is more about subjecting ourselves to it, than the actual it, provide it is not simply wrong.
Liturgy removes the personal from the equation, which in the end is the point.
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