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Thursday, August 08, 2013

God is in His holy place

As there is nothing new under the sun so there are daily attempts to revise or dumb down the faith and lighten the church's presence in the world. These are simply ongoing attempts to undermine the whole.

In recent years these attempts became more apparent to me with efforts to secularize the message and approach of the church on the local level. So it is that I was kindly offered advice that words like "church", "holiness", "reverence", and some other words ought not be mentioned in the church. Surely intentions are good. Though the idea also spurs the somewhat unruly thought of taking the scissors to the Scripture, the liturgy and any theological books or confessional writings where these words occur. There is precedence for this. However, that could take a long time. What's the use?

It is not helpful to dwell on such obvious affronts to the faith so why argue with them? The liturgy continues to speaks for itself, that is, the word of God is there for those who will hear. While normally there is not much thought dedicated to responding to obvious attempts at undermining our daily work, I was reminded once again of these things last Sunday in the words of the Psalmist:

God is in His holy place; God who maketh men of one mind to dwell in a house; He shall give power and strength to His people.

How about the appointed reading where the Apostle mentions the "Church"?

Throughout the year words like "holy" and "Church" will come up when they will and the thought of omitting or revising them might be entertained by some. On the other hand, for those who do not want to bother with so much work, faith comes from hearing.

As the psalmist says . . .