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Topic: AGREE TO DISAGREE (05/04/17)
- TITLE: Body Worship
By Rachel Rudd
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The bespectacled man standing at the front adjusted his suit buttons. "We all know why we are gathered here today. Let's bow our heads."
Another shout sounded from the back of the room. "Jesus, you are Lord of Lords."
He grabbed his tie and struggled at the knot, "Yes, Mrs. Thorax. We appreciate your praise of our Creator, but can we please all bow our heads."
A hand shot up in the second row. "Yes, Mr. Appendage, I see you brought all of your family with you tonight. Ten tiny hands were raised with open palms waving back and forth beside him testifying to their faith. "But we need to stay focused on why we are."
"Hear, hear!" Mr. Appendage gestured wildly, "It is highly important that we all lift our hands to the Lord. As David, the psalmist wrote "in your name I will lift up my hands."
"True, but ..." A melody from the piano interrupted him.
The song reached out from the keyboard and seemed to float to the heavens. As the song died down, a drum like noise reverberated in the stillness. All eyes turned toward the tall woman pounding her feet in the floor and jumping up and down. Her exultation in God's greatness vibrated in the floorboards.
The leader ran his hands through his hair. "I know that the word says "Let them praise his name with dancing, but we also need to remember that we need order in the service. "Everything must be done so that the church maybe be built up."
"That's right." Mr. Ocular drilled his stare into the room. "We need to examine the Word. A reverential tone sounded as he declared, "His word is a lamp unto our feet."
A cacophony of voices suddenly strangled the adoration that permeated the room.
"But we must cry out to the Lord!"
"We must lift our hands in worship!"
Loud stomps resounded in the room.
"The word is the most important. You can't be a true believer if you don't know His word!"
Music blared from the stage.
The man slowly lowered his glasses and sunk into his seat.
A wispy haired man traversed the room. Each carefully placed step silenced the protests one by one. He became the focal point of attention as he began to speak, "We will never be able to agree on exactly how to worship. We are millions of believers in this group called the church. Christ is our head. He created us as individuals but put us together as one, His body he called us. We could split up into different sections, but that would just ruin our purpose. Love the Lord. Love each other. Everything else is just the how."
No heads nodded, but no parts of the body protested either.
I Cor. 14:26
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