Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sacrifice

I know this is really obvious and basic, but seeing as it is holidays let me say it anyway. Christianity is all about sacrifice. It is about the son of God walking human roads, rather than living in a palace.
But I don't believe that Christianity is about poverty and degradation. Jesus was humble, but not demeaned. He had dignity and I should think a measure of success that demanded respect.
So, where a mega-church (or any church) tries to appeal by providing luxurious surroundings it needs to be careful that it is not denying the need for sacrifice. On the other hand, neglecting church property or not looking to the comfort of staff or congregation also misses the point.
Somewhere there is a balance.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking a lot about worship and sacrifice lately. Romans 12:1 brings them together nicely, "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, {which is} your spiritual service of worship."

Thomas O. Scarborough said...

It's about sacrifice -- and yet I think that this word may be misunderstood. Too many people are broken by their sacrifice. "Do not be overrighteous. Why destroy yourself?" (Eccl. 7:16). Perhaps the word "love" would be more appropriate. I agree that sanctification comes about through "hardship". There are no short cuts.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Thanks Mark. Have you ever done a study on the Greek words that we translate worship? It's quite interesting.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Thomas - I agree with you. I wonder if it would help that sacrifice should not be the aim of life or worship, but is rather the test of it. Although that still doesn't stop it becoming self-destroying.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

λατρεία and προσκυνέω? I preached on John 4 last week we’ve been going through Romans 12 for the three weeks before that. I love Greek; It’s so precise, so colourful.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Yes, those are the ones!