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Episode 21: What Churches Can Do to Help Families {Podcast}

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In the month of March, our podcast is designed to talk about the relationship between families and the church. For our first episode, Adam and Leah discuss ways that churches can show real support to families, especially families with children.

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5 Ways Churches Can Support Families

1. Strengthen Ties with Other Christians

2. Serve Families Through the Education Program

3. Show Families New Ways to Teach Children

4. Supply Families Time to be Families

5. Support What (Should be) Happening at Home

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Opening theme: “Josie Has the Upper Hand” by Josh Woodward

Closing theme: “Afterglow” by Josh Woodward

 

The Preacher’s Oath

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Hippocrates is known by many as the father of medicine in Western culture. As one who believed in moral conduct, he either wrote or at least influenced the formation of the Hippocratic Oath. This 5th century document, written originally in Ionic Greek, has for centuries stood as the archetype by which physicians measure themselves with regard to ethical standards of practice. Though it has been updated and modernized in many ways, versions of the oath are still found to be useful in the field of medicine today. Nearly every graduate of every medical school is expected to sign an oath of conduct that includes the promise to respect human life and acknowledge the inherent value of every individual.

If it is considered important to have a code of conduct when given the responsibility of health care for the human body, it seems to make sense that it would be even more necessary to have a standard of morality regarding the care of the human soul. If Preachers were to have their own official oath – a written document to be signed and followed, what would be included? Here is my own suggestion. Perhaps you can add a few thoughts that deserve inclusion:

“As a preacher of the gospel, according to the work to which I have been appointed by God through His word, I promise that I will observe and keep this underwritten oath, to the utmost of my power and judgment.

I will reverence my Master who has created me, died for me, and by His grace saved me, and who has given me the truth of His holy written word by the power and revelation of the Holy Spirit.

At all times I will put my Lord Jesus Christ and His church first. I will be willing to suffer persecution, punishment, and even death for the cause of Christ and His kingdom. I will protect the sanctity, unity, and identity of the one church that Jesus built at all cost.

I will impart to others the complete teachings of the Scriptures, which I accept in total as the inerrant and sacred breath of God. I will hold nothing back, but in truth and in love I will publicly proclaim God’s message, having rightly divided it, and having studied for my own understanding before attempting to help others understand. I will in my preaching be innocent of the blood of all men.

With regard to helping the sin-sick souls of the earth, I will devise and order for them the best spiritual diet, according to my judgment and means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage.

Nor shall any man’s entreaty prevail upon me to administer a spiritual poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. Moreover, I will give no sort of doctrine to any person in order to deceive or hurt or injure or cause the loss of spiritual life.

Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner.

I will not judge the soul of any man, but I will leave the judgment to the eternal and heavenly God.

Whatsoever house or place of care I may enter, my visit shall be for the convenience and advantage of the host; and I will willingly refrain from doing any wrong, or ever engaging in any relationship or activity that might lead to some temporal benefit for myself, whatever may be the rank of those who it may be my duty to help, without regard to race, gender, or social standing.

Whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear (even when not invited), whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast.

May no man seek to glorify me, and even if such may occur, may I denounce such and openly and humbly attribute any and all glory to God. May I never boast in anything except in the cross of Christ.

I will daily, by the grace of God, rise to serve my Master first, help others second, and keep myself last, even to the going down of the sun. For me to live each day will be Christ, and to die will be gain.

If I faithfully observe this oath, may I thrive and prosper in my fortune and profession, and live in the estimation of posterity; or on breach thereof, may the reverse be my fate!”

“For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.” – 2 Corinthians 4:5

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Tweaking Our Speaking

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I’ve been wondering lately if we don’t try to make ourselves feel better with some “vocabulary tweaks.” Is there any chance that we’ve turned things that are not spiritual at all into “spiritually sounding” things by using certain words and phrases.

For example:

Am I really concerned about being a good steward, or am I just a tight-fisted miser?

Am I a faithful Christian, or am I merely a regular worship attender?

Am I truly zealous for the Lord, or am I merely a workaholic?

Does my life exhibit humility and holiness, or am I proud of my rule-keeping?

Am I really concerned about “contend(ing) for the faith” (Jude 3), or am I really just contentious about my opinions and desires?

Am I really a soul winner, or merely a scorekeeper?

Am I interested in the growth of the kingdom, or am I merely interested in swelling my home congregation?

Am I really interested in “…the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3), or is there peace only when things are going the way I want them to go?

Do I kid myself into thinking that I am a fisher of men, when, in reality, I am only a keeper of the aquarium?

Do I preach and teach with boldness, or am I just arrogant and obnoxious by nature?

Have I equated sound with negative?

Given enough time and thought, there are probably many others that I could mention, but these are just a few that come to mind. Maybe you could make your own list.

Maybe we all need to look at whatever list we come up with and see if we, indeed, are living up to this Divine directive:

Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God…

(1 Peter 4:11, NASU)

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49 Reasons to Give Thanks Today

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“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments,

we would all be much happier.” –John Wooden

The news seems to spread nothing but fear and dread, but Christians need to count their blessings.

In case you need help with that, today’s post simply offers 49 reasons to give thanks today, no matter what might be going on in your life or in the world. Enjoy!

1. God is still on His throne.

2. The blood of Jesus continues to provide salvation.

3. The Bible is still the infallible light for your path.

4. You are able to read this post.

5. God hears every prayer you offer in faith.

6. Today provides another opportunity to bless someone’s life.

7. Someone, somewhere is praying for you.

8. There are still people who stand for the right and will not cower in fear.

9. You live somewhere that has the technology to read this list.

10. There is something to eat near you.

11. You get to choose how to react to your circumstances.

12. You are not a robot, but have emotions to respond to each day.

13. God still keeps His promises.

14. Heaven is real.

15. Somewhere, a soul is being reached through the prayerful work of a friend.

16. There are still elders who stand for the truth.

17. A child was just born instead of aborted.

18. You can look out your window and see proof of God’s creative handiwork.

19. Jesus died just for you…

20. …but He didn’t stay in the grave!

21. A missionary is teaching someone you’ll never meet, at least on this side of eternity.

22. Whether you think so or not, you are loved.

23. You are able to process information and make decisions.

24. You can read the Bible in any number of ways (paper, online, on a tablet, on your phone).

25. Your Father in heaven is longing to hear from you in prayer.

26. Repentance.

27. Mercy.

28. Forgiveness.

29. Grace.

30. God has promised to be with you throughout life.

31. You have all you need to fight the devil.

32. Oh, and he has already lost!

33. You can learn from the past.

34. You have an opportunity today to mend a broken relationship.

35. Laughter.

36. Though people are crying, they are assured the loved one they just buried is safe in the arms of Jesus.

37. A preacher is toiling over a sermon that may not make the “all time best” list, but will teach truth to one who needs to hear it.

38. Jesus Christ nailed the Old Testament to the cross.

39. The invitation of Jesus to come to Him is always open.

40. Many parents are still teaching their children morality.

41. Somewhere, a Christian politician is standing for Biblical morality.

42. Christian teachers refuse to teach evolution and are holding to truth.

43. Thousands of young people are still living for God and will impact this world for good.

44. The book of Acts shows us that, even should persecution come, the Church will flourish.

45. You are still breathing.

46. Genesis 1:1 is still true, so you can know where you came from.

47. If your hope is in Christ, your life is secure.

48. Faith can see you through anything.

49. This list could go on and on and on and…

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The Burden of Truth

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There is such a thing as the “burden of truth.” Such is not to be confused with the “burden of proof” – which is defined as, “A duty placed upon a civil or criminal defendant to prove or disprove a disputed fact.” There is a similarity, however, between the two.  Both are equally tied to a specific responsibility. Both involve a burden, a job that must be accomplished necessitated by the weight of the circumstance. And yet temporary legal matters are not really to be compared with matters of eternal consequence. The existence of divine truth combined with the knowledge of that truth places a monumental burden upon every individual. In the time each person lives on earth, each person has to deal with the truth.

Christians are those who have come to the knowledge of the truth, and that truth has made them free from sin and death by their obedience to the gospel (John 8:31-32; 2 Thess. 2:13). This places them in a new category. They are in a saved state, they have been separated from the world, and now they have a mission to commit that which they have been given to others. While for all people the first part of the burden of truth comes with accepting it and obeying it, an equally important second part of the burden begins when a person becomes a disciple of Christ. They now have something everyone else needs. They now have a responsibility to share it.

One identifying mark of Biblical Christianity is that sincere children of God recognize and feel the need to share what they have. Sadly, there are too many people who claim Jesus who feel no such responsibility. They go from day to day and they are not concerned about the spiritual state of the world. Some “don’t want to get involved.” Some “don’t want to tell anybody what to do.” Others “don’t want to be controversial.” And yet Jesus Christ was and still is the most radical and controversial individual in the history of the universe. What people do with Jesus is going to determine where they will spend eternity. Heaven and hell are set upon a person’s response to Christ.

This is where a Christian feels the burden of truth the most. As a preacher, some days it is hard to get out of bed to a world that is lost in sin and darkness. It is hard to preach for years and watch people stand at the invitation song and look at the ground. Can you imagine how it must have been for our Savior while here on earth, to daily experience the rejection of His own people when all He wanted to do was deliver them? Luke’s gospel presents Jesus on His final entrance into Jerusalem just before His crucifixion, weeping over the city at a distance (Luke 19:41). They would not listen. They would not accept help. They did not want or love or believe in the truth.

The burden also involves the understanding that although everyone is dying from the same disease, you are one of the few who have received the vaccine. What’s more is that you have access to an endless supply of that same, life-saving vaccine, and yet there are people all around you who refuse to allow it to flow within their veins. You know you are slowly watching them die, because the only way the cure can be administered is for each individual to agree to it. This is why every time even one person obeys the gospel there is joy in heaven and in the church. One more person who was certain to die will now have life because they finally allowed for the truth to have its way.

Each day I live here on earth, the burden of the truth reminds me that this world is not my home. Millions are dying without the gospel. This is so hard to take. This reality to me is the saddest thing I can ever know or understand.

I am thankful that, though I am imperfect, the grace of God has been extended to me through the preaching and communication of the Bible. You see, the Bible is the truth. There is no other truth (John 17:17). There is no other way (John 14:6).

Though free from the slavery of sin and death, I now carry on my heart and in my mind and in my life the burden that comes with knowing of God’s eternal plan. And so I press on, imperfectly preaching the truth in love (Eph. 4:15), looking to that day when those who love and obey the gospel will fly away to be forever unburdened, because they have believed and obeyed the truth.

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:3-4

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Dear Christians, Are We Showing Honor to Our Leaders in Government?

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Christians live in a time when it seems as though virtually every decision made by leaders in government, especially in higher levels of government, is against them. What are described as “traditional values” are mocked and trampled down, and the Bible is given a token reference at best.

Add to that the age of cynicism in which we live. We are told to trust no one, so we don’t. We nitpick and fault-find to justify not trusting any so-called leader.

Throw the instant nature of sharing information into the mix and you have a serious situation. We can easily hit “share” on any article and it jumps on our Facebook page or Twitter timeline. We can leave comments on blog posts or throw in our thoughts virtually instantaneously on social media.

All of that, though, can lead to a problem. It is when Christians fail to show honor to whom we are commanded to show honor.

I fully understand how we can get frustrated, angry, and upset at various policy decisions. The undertow of immorality and anti-God sentiment seems to only get stronger. Christians in a free country have the ability and right to speak out for what we believe in, and we should exercise that right.

However, we are ultimately governed by the laws of God, which means I cannot just say “anything” in any fashion and be justified in doing so. And that is where, I fear, we often fail.

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament make it clear that governmental leaders are not perfect, but are to be honored.

Exodus 22:28: “You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.”

1 Peter 2:17: “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (KJV, “king”).

Romans 13:1-2: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

In each of those passages–one from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament–there is a clear connection between God and governmental leaders. I just wonder if we make that connection in how we speak about our leaders.

Does that mean that Christians are to just follow whatever the government tells us to do? Of course not. The overriding principle is still to “obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29).

But part of obeying God is how we speak of others, including our governmental leaders. God has made it clear throughout the pages of Scripture that even bad governments sometimes are used to do His ultimate will. (If you don’t believe me, just spend a little time with the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk.)

Still, due to our freedoms, we are able to speak out when something goes against the ways of the Lord. That said, there is a way to speak out against a policy or decision that we feel is unbiblical without dishonoring the leaders.

As I read through Facebook and Twitter, I see people calling our president names like “idiot,” “buffoon,” and other derogatory terms. I see Christians selecting certain politicians and making fun of their physical appearance in extremely derogatory terms. I have even seen Christians say that they wish a particular leader would just die (or, maybe even more horrific, be assassinated).

Is there any way we can say such things and claim to be following the will of God toward our governmental leaders? Somehow, difficult as it might be, we must be willing to separate the way we speak out for or against policies from the way we speak about the policy-makers.

We must always remember that both Peter and Paul wrote in a time when the Roman Empire was ruling. Peter’s first epistle (quoted earlier) was written in a time when Christians were already going through persecution, and he made it clear that it would get worse. Paul wrote the book of Romans when none other than Nero was sitting on the emperor’s seat in Rome. If anyone had reason to disagree with governmental policy, it was these early Christians. Yet, there is a deafening silence at it pertains to speaking out cruelly toward the leaders themselves. Instead, Christians were called to honor them! How much more true should that be in a time when we are far more free than many of our First Century brothers and sisters?

Look at this verse and see if it describes how you talk or write about our governmental leaders: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as it good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

Or how about this one: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6).

Solomon, himself a leader in government, gave us the well-known proverb, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).

So, before you type out that comment on Facebook, click the comment button the blog, or hit “send” on that email to your Congressperson, maybe you need to think twice. Are you speaking out clearly and passionately about an issue while remaining Biblical, or are you speaking cruelly about our leaders in government in a way that goes against the will of God?

Christians must always do the will of God, even in times when it may not be easy. Are you? Am I?

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Why Did Jesus Ask Three Times?

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Last weekend was a “lovely” weekend. Valentine’s Day always sparks the thoughts of love and relationships. You think about the people who love you and the ones you love. You celebrate these relationships in some way.

On the shoreline of Tiberias our Savior had this topic in mind. He had been resurrected, and had appeared 6 times to different people or groups according to the Scriptural record. A seventh appearance, the third among His disciples, is recorded in John 21. In this episode the apostle Peter and six of the other disciples had gone fishing in Galilee. They had fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus shows up, and similar to their initial fishing encounter, their luck changes (see Luke 5:1-11).

After eating breakfast, probably off from the rest of the group, Jesus asked Peter a very personal question, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He addressed Peter as He did upon the apostle’s confession of His Messiahship (Matthew 16:16). The “these” of this verse could mean the other disciples, or perhaps the fishing business – “Simon do you love me more than you love all of these other things.” Jesus could have also been asking, “Do you love me more than the others love Me?” Peter had claimed such in the past (Matthew 26:31-35).

Peter said, “Yes.” He loved Jesus. But Jesus asked again. And again the reply was, “Yes.” And then a third time Jesus asked. A third time the answer from Peter was, “Yes.” But by this third time Peter was grieved in his spirit that Jesus was asking the question. This leads the reader to wonder, why did Jesus ask three times? And why was Peter hurt by the end of the conversation?

In the Greek language there are several words for “love.” In this text two different words are used. “Agapao” is the verb form of love that means – “love of the intellect, a disposition that manifests itself in devotion to the object of its interest.” It is the love of the mind and will. It is a calculated disposition of regard and pious inclination. It is the love of admiration and action. Agapao is the highest form of love – it is the love of God.

A second word for love, “Phileo,” is also employed in this discussion. Phileo is – “closeness, warm and spontaneous affection, prompted by a sense of emotion.” It deals with feelings that come from instinct that well up inside a person because of a connection that may be gained or felt through close association. It is the genuine bond of friendship.

When Jesus asked the first two times, He used the word, “Agapao.” “Peter, do you love me with the love of God?” Both times Peter answered with the word, “Phileo.” “Jesus, you know that I love you as a friend.” The third time Jesus asked with the word, “Phileo.” “Peter, do you love me with the love of a friend?” Peter again answered with the same word a third time. “I have fond affection for you.” Grieved in his heart, he affirmed this secondary kind of love.

While many have speculated as to the reason for this question being ask three times (including maybe this was Peter’s opportunity to make up for his 3-fold denial), it seems that the answer lies in the reality that Jesus was challenging the depth of Peter’s love. He was calling him to a higher level of devotion. Peter had claimed many things (Matthew 26:31-35) – including a promise to be put to death for Jesus’ sake. Jesus was testing his allegiance. The fact was that Peter was grieved because he could not at this point boast of a love and devotion to Jesus with the confidence he once had.

Jesus went on to tell Peter, the one He called “the little stone,” that he would indeed prove his love for Jesus through his own death. History alludes to this reality. Peter was crucified for His crucified Savior. Peter did love Jesus with the love of God.

If the resurrected Christ were to walk beside us today, it is likely He would want to ask the same question. Do we love Him supremely? Do we love Him with the love of God? Are we willing to prove it?

How many times would He have to ask you? What would your answer be?

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May I Ask My Social Media Friends a Favor?

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How long is your list of social media outlets that you use? I know I can’t list all of the options out there. I’m not even sure what most of them are. 

My experience is limited to Facebook (and very occasionally) Twitter. That’s it for me. 

That’s enough for me. I see enough on Facebook to prompt me to write these words. I would sincerely like to ask my friends who use Facebook and other things like it to do me (and others) a favor:

If you wear the name “Christian” and you choose to do something other than attend a worship service or Bible class, please do not let the world know about that on Facebook or any of the other ways of sharing “news.”

Before you let the world know that something (sitting at home, a ball game, a movie, a night out with friends and/or family, etc.) is more important to you than worshiping God and studying His Word, you might want to ask yourself some questions.  Here are just a few that come to mind:

Does it bother you that the elders are concerned about what your choices say about your devotion?

Do you really want to see yet another preacher “throw in the towel” because of discouragement?

What if a person you had invited to worship or Bible study was there, but you were not?

What do your choices say to your friends and loved ones about your priorities?

What message is being sent to the people who would love to see you in one of those worship services or Bible classes?

Where would you want to be should the Lord decide to return during a time set aside for the saints to assemble where you are a member?

I fully realize that my request and these questions may jeopardize some of my friendships, social and otherwise. I’d rather jeopardize a friendship, though, than to have a friend jeopardize his or her soul.

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What are We to Do With Hymns That Go Against Our Conscience?

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At the recent Freed-Hardeman University lectures, a question was raised in the Open Forum that did not get much discussion. It is one that is close to my heart, because I love singing praises to God, so I thought I would expand on it a little bit.

I don’t remember the exact wording of the question, but it was basically asking what we should do with songs in church hymn books that are unscriptural. Dr. Ralph Gilmore, moderator of the forum, made a good observation about how nearly every song we sing is poetry; thus, we need to give a little grace. After all, much poetry is symbolic and the writers take some liberties that do not necessarily mean they are violating Scripture.

For example, several songs talk about having a mansion, robe, and crown in heaven (one song has that title, and “Pearly White City” and “Mansions Over the Hilltop” speak of it as well). Is that literal? Of course not, but it does not change the concept that heaven is, in part, a place of remarkable reward. So those songs are not unscriptural, but we may need to explain at times what they mean–and what they do not mean.

However, is there a chance that some songs that may or may not be unscriptural might still violate my conscience? I think so, and I’d like to talk about that for a moment. I believe this, more often that not, is the issue; not a song being directly unscriptural.

One example of a song that violates my conscience is “Get Right Church.” (Now, before you get angry at me, just keep reading.)

The song contains verses that say such things as “I’m going home on the morning train,” “That evening train might be too late,” and “So back, back train and get your load.”

When I read those lyrics or hear the song sung, I cannot help but get a picture of the so-called “Rapture” in my mind. And, since the Rapture–with more than one Second Coming of our Lord–is wholly unscriptural, I cannot in good conscience sing that song.

So, do I then say that no one can sing “Get Right Church?” Absolutely not, and here is why.

The song, like most others we sing, is poetry. I understand that. When I read those lyrics, the false idea of the Rapture is how I interpret the lyrics and I struggle to interpret it any other way. You, however, may have a perfectly scriptural way you interpret the lyrics to that song. If so, sing it!

But since this is an issue of my conscience (and, I might add, it could additionally be an issue with my spiritual maturity or immaturity), I am not going to claim that someone else who sings or leads that song is sinning. I choose not to sing that particular song when it is led, and I simply pass when asked to lead it. I do not even take the time to explain why, and I have even asked someone else to lead it before, because I know a lot of people like it and have no such violation of their conscience from it.

That is just one personal example. There are many others for many people. I know some congregations “stamp” or put stickers on songs they request not to be lead. That is strictly up to the elders of that congregation, but I would ask them to carefully evaluate those songs before doing that. It is easy to get so literal with our reading of hymns that we fail to account for some poetic license.

As I grow in my faith, I may come to struggle with other songs, or some that I struggle with now may no longer violate my conscience. I really think that is more the question that needs to be asked than a question about “unscriptural” songs. Personally, I feel that the editors of most song books do a remarkable work in selecting songs that are Biblical and true. Maybe one or two per book “slip through” that I struggle with on a level that is important (in other words, on a Biblical, not just a conscience, level).

The point of this article is not to scare us away from every song or to make us skeptical of every lyric. Instead, it is to remind us that we must be totally invested in what we do in worship, in both mind and emotion. Think about what you are singing. Sing truth, and remember to not sing something that might violate your conscience. Then, study and grow and you might just realize that you can now sing a certain song.

After all, the idea is to “get right church” so we can “go home!”

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Suit and Tie Sunday?

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What do you wear to worship? Does it matter? Does God care?

I recently conducted two separate funerals for two men I greatly admire. There are many things these men have in common. They both lived past their 90th year. They were both very faithful Christians. They both came to worship every time the doors were open. They both were great Christian patriarchs. And finally, they both always wore a suit and tie.

We live in a culture that hates tradition, especially if it is a tradition tied to anything having to do with the church. The new generation is so bent against tradition that now even musical instruments, the woman’s role, and yes, homosexuality, are considered as subjects that have been in the past decided on tradition rather than on Scripture. So when it comes to what we wear to worship, forget about it! It is hardly considered anymore. Most people would just say wear whatever you want – it is not about what is on the outside – it is what is on the inside that counts. (This is already what some of you are saying to yourself as you begin to read this article).

Now before I sound, may I say it, like your grandmother, will you please give me the benefit of the doubt? Would we ever judge a person who enters the assembly by their clothing? I hope not. I have read James 2. Would we also be concerned with people putting on airs or making a public display of their wealth? Certainly. I have also read 1 Peter 3. Would we ever bind what God has not bound? Never. Again, I have read Matthew 15. And yet we cannot just say that the outside doesn’t matter. What is on the outside does matter to some point, because it can reflect a great deal about what is present on the inside.

When I saw these two men in worship every Sunday, what they wore spoke to me. Their attire told me they felt like an appointment with God was a suit and tie occasion. They showed me without a word that God deserved their best. They exemplified grace and holiness and purity. They did not dress-down for an approach to the throne. They came as if the president were at the table. They happily agreed within their hearts that the outside was going to reflect what they intended to offer to God from within. They also understood that they were not by their clothing going to draw attention from others to themselves and away from God.

I cannot tell you that I remember the color of their suits and ties. I truly don’t recall even one in particular. But I do remember seeing that they were gentlemen. I do recall thinking that they were serious. I do remember that I was honored to be worshiping with men who loved the Lord so much that they would come before Him with such reverence. I recall knowing that it took more than just rolling out of bed for these men to arrive for worship dressed that way.

Are you required to wear a suit and tie on Sunday? No. But is there a dress code for worship? Yes. You wear what a Christian would wear. You wear what you would wear in the presence of Jesus. You give your best. You do not distract others. You wear a smile. You wear an attitude of reverence and humility and awe and thankfulness and adoration for God.

You don’t just wear these things because these are the right things to wear. You wear them because these are the things a holy and righteous and loving and saving God deserves.

“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase.” – Proverbs 3:9

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