It’s inevitable when you begin a study of Theology that you’ll end up studying the attributes of God. When you study Christology and Pneumatology it’s the same thing. Why? The reason we study the attributes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is because an attribute is what makes up a person. God is omnipresent, omnipotent, eternal, creative, and many other things, and it is these attributes that make up Who He is.
So what makes up a man? Well, for starters, man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Another attribute of man is that he has dominion over plant and animal life here on earth (Gen. 1:26b). To our detriment another attribute of man is sin (Romans 3:23). There’s another attribute, however, that is often overlooked and altogether forgotten.
THE FORGOTTEN ATTRIBUTE OF MAN IS THAT HE IS A WORSHIPPER.
Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, began the letter of Romans laying the groundwork of his gospel presentation. He explained some things about Jesus and what He did, and then contrasted that by explaining some things about mankind. He shows man’s sinfulness right off the bat, and then makes a statement showing the sad result of sin in a person. Romans 1:25 says, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…” Man is always worshipping something or someone.
The problem is the attribute of worship has been hi-jacked and turned into something completely different! It’s been changed from being something we are into being something we do! Paul Tripp said, “Worship is not an activity, it’s an identity”, but at some point in time Christians overlooked the overwhelming truth that EVERYBODY (everybody) worships. Transcendent through time, culture, and civilization is the fact that men worship. An activity can be scheduled and attended, but an identity is inseparable to one’s existence. No one says, “I’m going to attend a humanity service this Sunday at 11 o’clock.” There’s no such job title as “Humanity Leader”. I’ve never seen a blog post titled “5 steps for improving your church Humanity Team”. So why do we think we only worship at church services?
I’m sorry ladies, but it’s my personal opinion that Pinterest is nothing more than the breeding ground for Bridezilla! Seriously, Pinterest has crashed more weddings than you can shake a stick at! It takes the God-given institution of marriage and turns it into a fashion/interior design show!
Yes, I’m trying to be funny. No, I don’t think Pinterest is evil. But the point is, when a wedding is more about decorations, food, and the dress than it is about the actual sacred institution of marriage you’ve got a classic case of the tail wagging the dog and, unfortunately, the same thing is happening to the God-given privilege of worship! Worship is being re-defined, marketed, and perfected by so-called professionals who then turn around and make profits off their books and CDs all the while stealing, as it seems, the attribute of worship in a believer’s life, making it something only the elite can achieve.
You almost get a sense that your wedding was successful only if it was decorated well and professionally handled, and you almost get the sense that you can only consider yourself to worship if you have an emotional experience some time during the four songs we sing on Sunday morning.
At the end of the day you have a group of Christians that come to worship on Sunday instead of a group of Christians that come worshipping.