White Wing Messenger|May 2020
I remember growing up in church as a teenager and sitting through any given service as someone took the stage to sing a special song. After greeting the congregation, they attempted to explain why the upcoming song was not going to be excellent. They used what seemed to be the spiritualized redemptive blanket that made any offering acceptable, “… but this is for the Lord”. Although the statement was always meant to inform the audience that “this” is not for “them”, therefore, their satisfaction, acceptance or even enjoyment was irrelevant for it was intended to please God, the statement in itself had the potential of permeating our thinking process to produce an unintended cultural tendency of stewards offering less than the best. This is the very opposite of Paul’s teachings to the Colossians when he said, “and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23). By now you have probably realized that I am referring to matters much broader than an unrehearsed song.
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