The heart of the matter
In a culture enamored with emotional self, it is no surprise that most who identify with Christianity are seeking an elevated sense of worship. The sacred idea that acapella is the sole form of spirit and truth towards God, has become a moot point. We’d rather enjoy the feeling of musical instruments than the “boring old tradition” churches of Christ once kept dear. But is this a step forward, or wayward? Perhaps a simple illustration?
I go to the drive-through restaurant. I want a “combo #1” without pickles, root-beer to drink. I get to the window, pay, and receive my order. I drive away and find a place to park. The bag is opened, and *sigh/smh, they put pickles in there. I’m allergic to pickles! And to top it off they gave me 7up for a drink?! Ok, so they made a mistake, right? I go inside and speak to the manager. She proceeds to tell me, “I know what you asked for, but I felt like you’d really prefer pickles on your burger and 7up for a drink.” Am I expected to pay for this? Should I eat it? No. Now if she had said, “I’m so sorry, sir. Please let me make it right and give you what you paid for.” Well, now we’re headed the right direction. Thank you kindly.
Reason with me. Who bled for the church? You? Me? Or Christ? Who’s church is it? Can a man redecorate a house that does not belong to him? Can man tell God what He now should accept?
No matter how we try to twist the teaching, the New Testament Covenant (in Christ) has delivered to us a system and pattern of worship. In this new dispensation (the Messianic age) we are to give God what He has asked for. Are not the unchanging Words of Scripture authoritative in their silence? What is our response? “I know what you asked for, but I felt like you’d really prefer musical instruments in our worship.” ?? Or, “I’m so sorry, I repent, please let me make it right and give you what your Son’s blood paid for.” ?? An honest student of the Bible will know the right answer.
More questions. Can mechanical instruments teach? Which instrument was created in the image of God, the piano, or the heart of mankind? Where is the example to be found in Christ that sets an example of Christians using M.I. for worship? Friends, with all love and respect. There is no such example. But what are we commanded? …
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” – Eph. 5:19
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