6/02/2014

idol worship

Tuesday June 10th, 1 Corinthians 12: 3 Now I want you to know that if you are led by God's Spirit, you will say that Jesus is Lord, and you will never curse Jesus. Not everyone who cries Lord, Lord will be saved.  Perhaps one could also say that not everyone who wouldn’t be caught dead saying Lord Lord, will be condemned (Buechner, Wishful Thinking).  How do we curse Jesus?  Is it by singing Jesus is my boyfriend songs, and voting for policies that harm the least, lost and lonely while singing the praises of the God who calls us to care for the least, lost and lonely?  Is it by insisting we never sing praise music but only stick with the old hymns we grew up with because that is our zone of comfort that others must adjust to?  Is it by placing Jesus on a pedestal and worshiping him in name, and then living life as if he never existed?  Is it by claiming exclusive rights to Jesus through dogma that condemns others who worship differently than we do? Do we honor God with platitudes of name or plentitudes of deed?  Sometimes it seems we practice idol worship of the name of Jesus to avoid following the teachings of Jesus.  It would be fun to point fingers, but there is always three coming back at me.  

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