Saturday, September 22, 2012
Performing the Bible?
The Bible is full of the traits of God and are attributed to all of the glorious descriptions we find of God in the Bible. Holiness, righteousness, truth, love, and mercy are some of the attributes that demand reverence and utmost respect on the part of any of God’s children.
1 Peter 1:16b “…Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
This passage in 1 Peter is reiterating what the Lord said in Leviticus. The Bible is very clear when describing who God is and in this passage, God is Holy. The holiness of God is seen all throughout the Bible. In Leviticus, where this is first mentioned, there are numerous ways that holiness to the Lord needs to be practiced. In the way the sacrifices were conducted by the high priests and even what the high priest wore, the Mosaic law, even the behavior of natural processes. (i.e. birth) God commanded all of these things as an illustration of his holiness and to make it more clear to us as believers that we need to take the holiness of God, seriously and with reverence. All of God’s attributes are infinitely greater than fallen humans, however God still demands great reverence and honor for his word.
The messages of the Bible have been boldly misrepresented for quite some time. The use of drama, light shows, video productions, worship bands, or any other form of entertainment, is detrimental to the truth and character of who God is. Almost any church website you go to wants to make God’s word entertainment. Worship, so often today is nothing more than an irreverent act and churches seem to be incorporating any type of the arts into their worship. When a child of God recognizes the infinite holiness of his/her creator, that believer will certainly not be flippant, casual or superficial in their worship.
Psalms 89:7 “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.”
For years there has been a rise with Christian comedians. It is appalling to watch these men and women poke fun of the Holy, True, and Perfect word of God. God will one day judge all mankind and it scares me that these people have the boldness to treat the word of God so irreverently and recklessly. Obviously, there is no way of knowing whether or not these men and women are truly one of God’s children, but true Christians fall into a pit when imitating the world. It is a big danger for a believer to imitate the world in any way. It is doubly dangerous when the church involves elements from the world into their services.
Psalm 29:2 “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”