Men who refuse to worship the true God now worship themselves with tender devotion. (A. W. Tozer, The Divine Conquest, 52)
Who do you worship? Are you worshiping yourself or God?
The answer to this question lies, I believe, in who you are seeking to please with your worship– it’s a heart attitude. It’s also something only you can truly answer.
We here at MInTheGap have talked about a variety of issues over our time together. We’ve discussed if women should wear head coverings, how long their hair should be, can they wear pants, and should they keep silent in the church. We’ve discussed church music, and tongues.
But a lot of the problem that I see with the things that we have discussed always seems to come down to a question of culture. What emphasis does Biblical culture play?
As I think, pray and read through these passages I find that God was always very particular about the way in which people came to Him, and that didn’t differ with time. For instance, God commanded some pretty peculiar head wear and things for the high priest to wear. I assume that at the time of Christ the high priest was wearing pretty much the same thing and that if they get a temple in Israel and try to start sacrifices again they will be wearing something much similar to it. Culture won’t be having an impact because they will be trying to please God.
I think that a lot of the times believers in Christ tend to think more about themselves and what is convenient for them and dismiss as cultural those things that are not convenient. I understand what Stephen was trying to say when he said that we have to get an understanding of what Paul was trying to say in context, but does that mean that the injunctions are not valid today? When you see a woman in a “stylish” clothes, are they not dressing in ways similar to the temple prostitutes?
The whole head covering thing continues to puzzle me if not for the logic that keeps coming back to mind when did they stop believing that the Holy Spirit wanted women to wear hats? Was it a new inspiration? Were the godly men of old that instructed their women to wear hats because Paul commanded it wrong? All of them?
What will we find in the future that we do now that we will change our mind about?
If we are trying to please God with all of our hearts, we will seek things that please Him regardless of what those in our local assembly or the world think– and we won’t have a problem with it because everyone is at different spiritual levels.
I just wonder what our churches would look like if we were trying to please Him first and foremost. I fear that they would look a whole lot different than they do today.