worship and theology disconnect

September 2015 (30)Mark 7:6-13

6 He said to them, “Isaiah rightly prophesied about you hypocrites, when he wrote, ‘This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, while teaching human precepts as their teachings.’ 8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” 9 Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honour your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban’ (that is, an offering to God)– 12 then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, 13 thus making empty the word of God through your tradition that you have passed on. And you do many things like this.”

worship and theology disconnect

Jesus was condemning a type of religious hypocrisy here. But there is a modern form of this hypocrisy which parallels that one, among those who claim no religious devotion. They might say that they worship God in their own way. But their theology makes the Bible obsolete and useless. All of their theological constructs are human traditions that they pass on. Any command of God in the Bible that does not fit their concept of fairness they reject out of principle. Ironically, any of us who dare to take God’s word seriously they brand as Pharisees, and imply that we are the hypocrites.

The LORD does not take kindly a person’s rejection of his divine message. While obedience cannot save us, it does reflect our heart’s disposition. The mouth can say all kinds of good things about God. But it is the heart which loyally obeys his word.

LORD, keep us from disconnecting our worship and our theology and practice. May we worship you and genuinely obey your word.

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