...a barely thematic journey through my tangentizing mental life...
God is "who" we worship. I love Him and want to worship Him better than I do now. If I'm sitting in a "traditional" church, I want to do it there. If I'm in a more "modern" church, I want to do it there. And when I'm not in the assembly, I want to do it there!
Well said. He is the "who" we worship and we worship him as "whos." While the externals of where and how are part of our cultural expression (and have some level of significance), coming to God as who we are for who he is is critical. I think we neglect this to our harm.
So you mean that we're caught up/preoccupied with a form? We give more thought to the aids we use in worship than worship itself? True worship is when creation takes it's place before it's Creator...being in agreement with the One who did the creating.
Exactly. Attention to form and location ought to be a function of our focus on God, not an end in itself. Of course, maintaining this perspective takes some effort on our part: effort we sometimes neglect or choose not to put forth. If we are honest before God, focusing on his glory, form will flow naturally.
I read an article yesterday..and I didn't find out what denomination the author was rooted in..although it could be the Church of Christ since the focus of the article was that instruments shouldn't be used when singing to God. Anyway, his argument was that instruments are not mentioned in the new testament, so to use them when singing to God is "adding" a human element to what God has commanded. Since we are told to sing, we should sing, but since instruments are not mentioned along with it then it is unacceptable to God. The thing that entered my mind on this matter is "tune". Isn't the way you sing it just as much a human element as using an instrument? But my argument might be flawed in the fact that his approach brings with it the idea of "tune".
Michael,I agree that tune is as much a human invention as instrument. In fact, lyrics (unless they are from Scripture in the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek) would likely be human invention. It seems to me that their logic is flawed, for while instruments are not mentioned in the NT, they are mentioned (and one might say commanded in Psalm 150 and others) in the OT. It would need additional study to verify, but I do not believe the instrumental worship passages in the OT have been superseded or completed in the NT.