Mark Labberton, The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living Godâ€™s Call to Justice, s. 71 (via) (0)
Our central lie is in the discrepancy between the language of worship and the actions of worship. We confess â€œJesus is Lordâ€ but only submit to the part of Christâ€™s authority that fits our grand personal designs, doesnâ€™t cause pain, doesnâ€™t disrupt the American dream, doesnâ€™t draw us across ethnic and racial divisions, doesnâ€™t add the pressure of too much guilt, doesnâ€™t mean forgiving as we have been forgiven, doesnâ€™t ask for more than a check to show compassion.
We â€œsing psalms and hymns and spiritual songsâ€ expressing our desire to know Jesus, but the Jesus we want to know is the sanitized Jesus that looks a lot like us when we think we are at our best. Despite Godâ€™s Word to the contrary, we think we can say that we love God and yet hate our neighbor, neglect the widow, forget the orphan, fail to visit the prisoner, ignore the oppressed. Its the sign of disordered love.
When we do this, our worship becomes a lie to God.