I think this would be harder than it sounds. More than with a pacifist, I think I’d be impressed with someone who was able to successfully decline all government benefits.
Holiness is not just the passive avoidance of any kind of wickedness. It’s also the active pursuit of something that might be completed in a word like charity, but it starts with gentleness and kindness.
Here’s my conviction: singing is prayer. That’s the spiritual discipline that it is most like. And in the church, music’s primary purpose is to connect right feeling with right prayers. So, when you’re selecting songs to sing, the question you want to ask is if you want to pray a prayer of the people, or a prayer for the people. Occasionally, it’s good to pray on behalf of the people, but most of the time, you want the people to pray. So: you want the people to sing, and to do that, you need songs that can be sung by the congregation: not too complicated, or too far out of most people’s range.
How like speaking in tongues is a good worship song that nobody can sing: Is it doctrinal, rich, thick, beautiful? Good! But if the people cannot sing it, where is the amen?
Doug Wilson: “Can his pickup pull her trailer?”
I was just listening to a very nice worship song that I’ve had for a while now, when the line comes up that says, “I’ve been looking for a deeper place when we can finally be as one.” And I thought, really? when we can finally be as one? You haven’t found that deeper place yet? Are you in Christ or aren’t you? What was your baptism for, then? Look, mate, you have the Holy Spirit, the first fruits of your identity in Christ. You’re supposed to take the rest of it on faith. That’s why the feeling of intimacy isn’t always there – so you can lean on His word instead. Look man, you only undermine your faith when you look to the wrong things to sustain it. The Christian walk is designed to thrive on a taste and a promise.
Consequently, this song, or at least that line, has been ruined for me. Thank you, theology.
I’m always in favor of an article that points out that weird (that is, creepy) things should be avoided.
I spoke a few weeks ago on church membership, and here’s an article on church membership and college. I’m not in college, but I bet there’s a way to apply these principles to the military.
I’m getting tired of Christians talking about liberals and conservatives. The proper dichotomy for us is the world and the kingdom of God. Are Democrats acting like communists? They are being worldly. Are Republicans acting like monarchs? They are being worldly. Is the church full of people who do not know the word of God or acknowledge it’s power? They are being worldly.
Did a politician somewhere act to undermine the government’s ability to stand in the place of God? Perhaps they are not far from the kingdom.
Of course, if someone were to explain exactly how godliness is the enemy of tyranny, it might offend some people.
I need to find a way to make “be good at hermeneutics” sound more like “be awesome” and less like “know your ABCs.”