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I will give a few random thoughts and then make a few comments that might upset some.
I enjoyed the fellowship of the ABA this year. The feeling of harmony was all around. Those that I met, I truly enjoyed. I have come back to my Church (not the one I own, mind you, but the one I pester and that is not a misspelling.) with renewed purpose and a desire to change some things and get about the Masters business. Now there may be some that felt the new Missionary Committee overstepped their authority. I believe that they simply communicated with the sponsoring Church and Missionary what was occuring financially. The Church and Missionary had to make the decision to not recommend.
NOW: the fly in the ointment is the clapping. I have read and studied the worship of the Old Testament and have read where the Word calls them a Solemn assembly and have read the New Testament where Paul refers to the music and I am led to wonder about the appropriateness of the clapping phenomenon. I do believe it has been borrowed from the SBC and Indepedents who borrowed it from the Pentecostals and Chrismatics. Why do we feel we have to borrow things from unscriptural sources. Go ahead and borrow their doctrine if we are in the borrowing position. Some may get in a twitter – not the phone type – over these statements. Please keep it together to have a rational discussion on this issue.
I have never seen a theological, Biblical argument that has been rationally laid out in a systematic manner that could possibly prove that clapping in a solemn assembly, which is our worship service, is appropriate or would even be acceptable to God.
While thinking on these things I did provide my self with an argument for and an argument against clapping. They are both very simple. If the Bible does not specifically state a command against, then the practice is okay. That is my argument for. This opens the door for liturgical dance which I consider to be the dance of the prostitutes in pagan temples and many other things that clapping proponents would be against. This argument fails for obvious reasons.
I would like one wise in the word and with the ability, to put forth a reasoned systematic theological based argument with scripture that supports clapping in worship.
Understand: this leaves out the verses that refer to trees and hills clapping. It is hard to lug these into our houses of worship.
THE BREVITY OF LIFE
Jam 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Those of us that are boomers find it hard to believe that we are aging. Our mind is still young and thinking of days past when we were able to do anything, just about, that we desired. Now we find that we are classed as old and soon to pass away. Our children are attempting to bring us to the point of realizing that we need to make some plans for that day. They ask silly questions (where do you want to be buried, what type of casket, funeral in church or funeral home, what about a living will) that we feel is premature or unwarranted. Yet, these questions are very valid. What preparation have we make? On this earth, whether we have made preparation or not, we will be buried. But what about our final resting place? Have we make reservations for eternity?
My decision upon what casket, what funeral home, etc. is rather unimportant compared to eternity. The very word eternity indicates a long time – forever. What preparation have I make? I have benefited from a loving father and mother that introduced me to the Master and Owner of eternity at a very young age. I put my total trust and faith in His Crucifixion and resurrection when still a child and I know my reservation cannot be canceled for He said He would keep me till that day when He calls my name to be with Him in glory. Jesus Christ the Son of God has His reservation book open, waiting for you to trust in Him and make your reservation to join Him when our temporary life here ceases.
Why don’t you make that reservation today before it is too late?
WHAT WE ARE
I have been mulling over the most recent things I have posted and have come to the conclusion that we are a unique generation. Maybe I should say generations. Beginning during the 60’s and continuing into this day we are a number of generations of narcissistic people. What do I mean by that statement? We are totally self center and care more of self than others. We think it is all about us. Our statements reveal our self-absorption and navel gazing to the world.
I think, I feel. I (there I go) took a quick look at a book that is purported to be a daily devotional/inspirational book. It began with “I choose” stated nine times. One devotional is – You’re something Special. I know the intent was to bring people to a point of making a decision to change their life, but the big I gets in the way.
Notice what we require today. If the Sunday school class does not serve coffee and donuts, we skip it so we can eat breakfast. Yes, I know of a pastor that prepares for Sunday School by making the coffee and setting out the donuts purchased the night before. His explanation to me was – They are so busy and so tired after the week that if they don’t have these here they skip Sunday School. Now, I am going to editorialize on this so if you want to change channels go right ahead. There may be some sarcasm that may injure your tender sensibilities.
My aunt related a little family history that I just went over the other day. She related the family work schedule. This was a small Arkansas farm where they raised their children. This was before the union eight hour work day. This was before the forty hour work week where anything over was time and a half. Also this was family so child labor laws were not invoked. The whole family was involved in preparing the ground planting and harvesting. My aunt’s husband was busy with the garden, the mules, the cows, the pigs and also, most times employed as a carpenter or working at a saw mill. This was not five days a week per union contract, this was a seven day a week work.
Sunday! That day given to God from whom all blessings flow was a day that the animals had to be fed and watered. The family had to dress eat breakfast and then put straw and blankets in the wagon for a little more comfortable ride to church. Many times they packed their own lunch. Oh! By the way, this was not a small family. There were six or seven children in this family. They made it to church on time, having already eaten breakfast, they were ready to worship. Today – well what can I say, we choose to have our lives so busy that we are totally exhausted Sunday morning and it is the only day of the week we can sleep in and get a little extra sleep. Wait, you had Saturday off. What happened? Well we had this to do and we had that to do. What employer required you to do this and that. Well none, it is what my family and I wanted to do. So there you have it. It is not the necessities of life that keep us away from the house of God, or continually late, it is the wants that we have that make us so tired that we drag until we are late or don’t even make it to the house of God. How pathetic is that?
There is another area that shows me that we are a narcissistic people. That is; “What does your Church have for me? For the young married couple – do you have a young married couple class. For the single person – do you have a singles class. For the college student – do you have a college or career class. For the couple with children – do you have children’s chapel. For those divorced – do you have a class for divorces. Once again it’s all about me. I am so special and my needs are so different that I need to be catered to. There is hardly ever a question about what is taught. What doctrine do we teach, believe and practice. There is never a question about salvation, security or the Church. The idea is the church is to babysit my kids during the worship hour and I need to be make to feel comfortable, with preaching that tells me I am accepted and catered to. Be easy and sweet with the Word that is preached. The message sent is; in my flesh make me feel good and valued when I leave. Don’t preach too hard against sin.
One Sunday morning, at the end of service, my wife and I were shaking hands as people left and a gentleman that had been visiting for several months came through the line. I had been preaching fairly hard against obvious sin that so easily besets us. He shook my hand and made this statement – “I see now why your church is so small.” Bless His heart, he didn’t come to church to hear about the sin he should shun. He came to Church to hear about how good he is. Now don’t preach anything that may cause the Holy Spirit to prick the heart. Preach soothing words of comfort. One again – “HOW PATHETIC!!
Now we have programs that cost a lot and take responsibility from the people. We call it evangelism. That responsibility is freely given to a person to use in the way he sees fit. Begin a ministry that has a very narrow focus. That focus could be magic, extreme fighting, motorcycle racing or any other activity. The people will gladly pay for it just as long as they don’t have to take the time to tells others about Christ. Our evangelism is bought and paid for and somebody else has the responsibility.
Jesus said to go. This instruction was given to every church member. It cannot be done for you. Jesus sent 70 out to witness of Him twice during His ministry. This is our example, to go, to tell, to baptize, to teach. Money is not the answer. We, personally, are to tell all we meet about our Savior – Jesus Christ.