“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.” vs. 23
People of faith have long been susceptible to worship squabbles. No part of the liturgy is immune to endless debates about the proper tradition or theological perspective. We argue about sanctuary set-up and stained glass windows, about whether icons or statuary are acceptable or should be excluded. And that’s just in the Christian community! If we were to extend the debate to other religions we might easily be tempted to go to war…as Christians actually have done in the past! It’s a mess! Jesus tells us that all those differences are beside the point. While it is true that some types of worship are more consistent with the gospel of grace, worship itself cannot be confined by liturgies or locale. Often the finest worship takes place far outside the confines of church buildings, synagogues, temples, or mosques. It happens in those moments when believers encounter the holy Presence and are moved to bow hearts in prayer and praise. One thing is certain–these experiences of worship will not be exclusive or divisive! Rather, they will open our hearts and minds to embrace one another in love and compassion. True worship draws believers together and is the result of the Spirit’s work in the world…and should not be confused with “sleeping in” or just skipping church for the heck of it
Thought for the Day: How can I worship in spirit and in truth?