Just Wondering…

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:19-24 NIV)

I read recently that we are a nation of consumers and this includes much of what we think we do for the Lord as believers. Christians consume Christ, not in the Eucharist sort of way, but rather in the commercial self-driven self-centered way of the world. So much so that our worship of God has become what we emote out of it and not what God desires from us. We leave churches because we feel a certain way rather than because God is actually calling us to a new ministry to sacrificially serve Him. We read the holy words of God for a momentary emotional boost rather than for the eternal truths that transform our lives. Our Christianity has become like a brown paper bag full of cheap wrapped candy, if we suck on a piece of it and do not like the taste we spit it out on the ground and look for another piece in the bag we can enjoy. Tragically, we are suffering the consequences of our ungodliness. We readily pat ourselves on the back for our momentary ministry minutes while the world and our nation goes to hell. We ignore the rampant hedonism of our lives with excuses and conceited platitudes about the love of God. I believe the time has come for “true worshippers” to worship God in “spirit and in truth”, not from our emotional consumerism and selfishly defined reality. Makes one wonder…

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