You never take a vacation from your Christianity, so why would our modern concepts of vacation sway us away from attending worship on the Sunday of our vacation? What makes the situation particularly dire is the fact that many families miss two Sundays because of travel and vacation time allotted, thus missing two whole Sundays in a row. I want to encourage you to rethink your historical patterns for vacation if they have included skipping church while away from home on vacation.
David Qaoud interviews Emily Thomes, who shared her story at TGC in Girl in The Picture.
Our youthful celebration is often too narrow. So we need these tears. We need them to help us feel the past, to know there once was another temple here. And we too can fall victim to wasted years. We need to listen to these tears. We need to be sensitive to them as well, and allow some to mourn our newfound successes. They aren’t just narrow and weeping for a past they cannot have back. Their emotions are mixed. Let’s learn to weep with those who weep—even if their weeping feels like discontentedness about our future.
The point is that as we observe humble, physical expressions of true worship, we are not being distracted from God, but pointed to him. The authentic raised hand, the genuine bowed knee declares, “See his sovereignty! See his supremacy! See his lordship over all!”
Practically then, how can a worship team lead a congregation in not distracting, but displaying physical expressions of worship?
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If we are honest, we can see this truth in our own experience. An alcoholic may want to be free to get drunk. A drug addict may demand his liberty to take drugs. But alcoholics and drug addicts are not free. Their appetites enslave them. The same is true of people addicted to pornography or in thrall to some other sexual compulsion. As the sin takes away the sinner’s self-respect, his money, and his happiness, the sinner may even want to stop doing what he has been doing. But he cannot.