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It’s the Sunday after Easter, the Sunday with, historically one of the lowest attendances of the year. So, I thought the following cartoon from ASBOJesus was appropriate:
I want to grow closer to Christ. I don’t want to fall into “works righteousness.”
I want to fast in meaningful ways that help discipleship. I don’t want to make it all about me. After all, remember what Jesus says:
“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly” (Matt. 6:16-18).
I want or congregation to to find spiritual practices that make them more spiritual persons. I don’t want to turn people off to discipleship by thinking it’s all about how many practices they can do for six weeks.
I want Lent to be holy and grounded in Scripture. I don’t want it something that pulls away from the Christ of Scripture.
It is possible to be a little overzealous about Lent…to enjoy it too much…to love “the show”…to put faith in the practice and not the Christ. I, of course, don’t think I do that. But I need to be reminded that it is very possible to move in this direction.
So…as a reminder…a humorous one…here’s a little song I found. It’s sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things.”
(to the tune of My Favorite Things)
Sackcloth and ashes, and days without eating,
Mortification and wailing and weeping,
A hair shirt that scratches, a nettle that stings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Penitence, flagellants, memento mori,
Spending nights sleeping on rocks in a quarry,
The sound of a cloak’d solemn cantor who sings,
These are still more of my favorite things.
Tossing and turning and yearning I’m spurning,
Passions aflame like an ember-day burning,
Corpus and carnis and wild drunken flings,
Forsaken are they for my favorite things!
When it’s Christmas,When the tree’s lit,
When the cards are sent,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I can’t wa-a-a-a-it
This is a video from a church in Orlando, Florida last month. It gets at our individualistic and self-centered approaches to worship while spoofing some popular worship songs.
While this is extremely funny…. it calls the state of worship in some our churches into question.
How to we make it less about us and more about God?
How do we move persons to make worship less about Sunday and more about life?
This is the pre-race prayer at the NASCAR Nationwide race on July 23rd, 2011.
There’s no doubt about it.
And, perhaps the pastor uses a very much tongue-in-cheek style that would be appropriate to the occasion. After all, it is a race where people watch fast cars go fast. This is not a solemn religious festival.
But, it could also exemplify how the lines between Christ and culture get muddied…although “muddied” is way to mild a term for what happens here. It’s a prayer with not very much Jesus but a whole lot of racing.
So, is it the best or worst?
(HT to Hacking Christianity)