Saturday, November 22, 2008

Worship of Feelings

This question of feelings and idolatry and worship sounds so theological, philosophical... even theoretical.  But the more I think on it, the more I see it's practicality... and it's sobering to me.

We know TV consumes our time, removes us from community interaction, dulls our minds, feeds our consumerism, and shortens our attention... but we feel inclined to watch TV... so we keep them, upgrade them, and continue watching them.

We know that Jesus refused opportunities for personal wealth, told those who would follow him that they would have to give up expectations for money and financial stability, lived and ministered mostly among the poor, and explained that real discipleship means imitating his lifestyle... but we feel inclined to security, self-sufficience, comfort, control, and convenience... so we enlarge our lifestyles and remain detached from befriending and relating to the poor.

We know that prayer is powerful and the Word renews our minds and feeds our soul... but we feel inclined toward entertainment, uncomfortable with silence and solitutde, and waiting, and we find reading tedious... so we neglect substantial and meaningful one-on-one time with God.

We know that many who will cry out, "Lord, Lord!" will be revealed as having never actually known Christ... but we feel more comfortable with a "safe" religion we can control than a "dangerous" relationship we cannot... so we keep our distance from the God who rescues.

We know that we need real love... but we feel fear of pain in the depths of our broken hearts and inclined to hide ourselves from it... so our relationships remain largely shallow, deep counsel never has opportunity to heal us, and community has no ground in which to take root.

We know we need authentic community... but we feel inclined toward independence, privacy, and the appearance of strength... so we fail to be truly honest, vulnerable, and available to others - preventing the possibility of kingdom family from ever forming around us.

We know we need life... but we feel inclined toward the selfishness that prevents us from gaining it... so we never sacrifice our self-life and never experience the treasure we were made to have.

We know God... but obey our feelings. So whom do we truly worship?


Luke 9:23-25... "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a person benefited if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?"

2 Peter 1:10... "Therefore brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you."

Luke 18:8... "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?"



1 comment:

brunettekoala said...

Ouch.

Those are some excellent points and far too relevant as I like to 'feel' comfortable.

More often than not I'm a person that worships my feelings.