Reverence Please, by Rusty Stark

[Currently we are meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning for worship.  There are no other weekly services at this time due to the corona virus.]

To do whatever we imagine as worship is to make the worship about us, not about God. Reverence involves submissive, obedient hearts.

The concept of reverence has fallen on hard times. The idea is foreign to us. In a society where nothing is sacred, reverence has no place. Part of this is due to our American heritage and culture. We became a country by throwing off the bondage imposed by a sovereign king. This nation was established based on the concept that all men are created equal; so we have no royalty, no one is born to a higher position than anyone else, and we refuse to bow before any man. Not that this is bad altogether. It was a great step in civilization for men to achieve government that is of, by, and for the people, rather than government that is imposed by “royalty.” We are thankful to live in the greatest country in the history of the world.

Tragically, this concept has been carried far beyond its original intent. One of the strongest philosophical forces that has shaped our modern society is that of “humanism.” Humanism does not claim that all men are created equal, it denies that men are created at all. Humanism declares that each man is the measure of all things. It teaches that no God has authority over us — each man becomes his own god. Just like our forefathers threw off the rules and authority of King George, humanism throws off the rule and authority of the sovereign God of heaven and earth.

And, if there is no God, nothing can be sacred. There is no one before whom we should bow, no one who can tell us what to do, no one who determines what is moral and what is immoral, and sadly, no one for us to worship.

It is no wonder that modern worship is shaped by the whims of men. It is not surprising that men feel they can offer whatever they “dream up” as worship to God. What is surprising is that men still attempt to worship God at all.

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