Contextual Worship

Recently people have been raising the issue of the place of the “arts” in the “church.” Shouldn’t we all be able to exercise our talents for Jesus in our congregational worship? If Skylar has the gift of dance, shouldn’t we allow her to dance for Jesus during church?

In order to answer this question we’ll look at Scripture, a novel idea, no doubt, but one that might be of value. The¬†Law is filled with commands about how God’s people were supposed to worship.

For one example, God tells Aaron to wear special clothes as a priest. Now, if God wanted to give freedom and liberality, the ability for everyone to exercise their sewing and design talents, He would have left it at that.

Instead, God writes an entire chapter just on what Aaron’s clothes should look like. Very detailed and a purpose for each thread. God does not mess around with this stuff. If Aaron decided to wear something else, I’m guessing Aaron’s life would have been either much more leprous or much more short.

God actually does mean what He says. It’s true. He has specific desires, laws and order for His place of worship. It is not a free for all, it is not a place for you to demonstrate your abilities at cup stacking for Jesus. Cup stack at home for Jesus.

Obviously God’s intents for Israel’s worship are a tad different that the Church’s form of worship. I am not saying pastors should wear Aaron’s clothes. I am saying that we should go with the directions God gave about church and leave human ingenuity (i.e.–sin) to the heathen.

God did indeed tell us what Church was for, I imagine we might want to go with that.

One thought on “Contextual Worship”

  1. I stumbled across your blog just today, and am impressed with how many of your comments are dead on. That’s not flattery, but encouragement!
    Here are the words of a song I wrote on the topic of dress and the gospel…it fits a bit with your topic:

    See How the Flowers Are Arrayed

    See how the flowers are arrayed according to the plan God made;

    To show His glory and His skill, and His deep mystery reveal.
    ‘Twas even so with man at first, when at creation he was dress’d
    With light for garments, like a star, to show God’s glorious character.

    But when man fell, he lost this dress and felt his shameful nakedness.

    He then took leaves, and quickly made a dress which his own skill display’d.

    This garment merely covered sin; instead God gave him a sheepskin.

    The cure for sin was thus made known: the sacrifice of God’s own Son.

    And when God chose a Priest from men, to show the work of Christ in heav’n,

    His dress was very dignified which taught the work was sanctified.

    But now each member of God’s church is sanctified for godly work:

    However small or low our task, let us with dignity be dress’d.

    The prophets, who were often scorned, were with simplicity adorn’d;

    To show that all the words they brought were not from them, but were God’s thought.

    So let us always be array’d to keep ourselves from being display’d;

    That when we speak, all men will hear the words of Jesus, strong and clear.

    When Jesus came to make God known,

    He wore a one-piece robe, unsewn;

    To show that not one human stitch went into His pure righteousness.

    If by this means truth was impress’d, should we not care in what we dress?

    By faith, we’ll take an equal care, and let God teach us what to wear.

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