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Throwback Sundays…Heartless Worship

“I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” – Amos 5:21-24

It was almost a year ago that I remember actually hearing that passage for the first time. God messed with my head that March 4th in Nashville when Paul Briney, who I am now honored to call a friend, shared that passage of Scripture. That was the spark that lit the fire that eventually took me away from Appleton and brought me to Nashville.

You can read the rest of the post here. Love looking back on memories like this one. :)

Inconvenient Filter

I’ve written 5 different blog posts this week that have gone unpublished. And they will probably stay unpublished because of a filter I came across recently. A filter of Scripture that is, quite honestly, inconvenient. It’s inconvenient because it requires humility and not always saying what’s on my mind. Two things I don’t always enjoy :)

I was reading the book of Philemon recently and verses 8 & 9 stood out to me. Paul writes: “Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.”

Those verses convicted me. They convicted me of the fact that oftentimes, what I think is important to say, or what I want to say isn’t necessarily wrong, but that doesn’t make it right either. I could be bold and say it because “I have every right to.” But, when I stop and filter it on the basis of love, I am forced to ask if there is a better way or even a better time to say it. I’m forced to admit that what I think must be said really may not need to be said…or at least not in the way I want to say it at the time I want to say it.

That doesn’t mean I’ll get it right every time…that I’ll heed the filter when I should. But, I’m certainly going to try. Because in the end, I think there’s a lot of wisdom in it. I think there’s something to the whole “on the basis of love” thing. And it doesn’t just apply to blogging.

Heartless Worship

“I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” – Amos 5:21-24

To be honest, before now I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in the book of Amos. When I asked my pastor for his commentary on the book, he gave me a really odd look and just kind of laughed before pointing to the book on the shelf.

But, that scripture has been heavy on my heart since someone shared it with me last Thursday. I’ve read it over and over. Read commentaries on it, cross referenced it, all sorts of stuff. Spending my days planning “religious feasts” this scripture struck a cord with me and I can’t help but wonder if what I’m doing is beneficial or if God sits up in heaven laughing because it’s so absurd.

Then I stop myself.

It’s not worship that God “cannot stand.” It’s worship without heart, faith without action.

And I start to think I’m okay.

Then I stop myself again, wake myself up, and remind myself to be on guard against such worship and faith everyday, because I’ve been guilty of it, and am just as capable of it as the next person.

How can we prevent worship that God “cannot stand” from becoming the norm in our churches?