Here's the scripture that stuck this week:
Isaiah 1:10-16 The Message
10"Listen to my Message,
you Sodom-schooled leaders.
Receive God's revelation,
you Gomorrah-schooled people.
11-12"Why this frenzy of sacrifices?"
"Don't you think I've had my fill of burnt sacrifices,
rams and plump grain-fed calves?
Don't you think I've had my fill
of blood from bulls, lambs, and goats?
When you come before me,
whoever gave you the idea of acting like this,
Running here and there, doing this and that—
all this sheer commotion in the place provided for worship?
I can't stand your trivial religious games:
Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—
meetings, meetings, meetings—I can't stand one more!
Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them!
You've worn me out!
I'm sick of your religion, religion, religion,
while you go right on sinning.
A bit of a toe stomper for sure. As a worship leader I've had battles with both sides of the worship war spectrum. On one side you have the conservative legalists who refuse any kind of change and sometimes any kind of worship. Then on the other side, you have liberal legalists who think that the end to all holiness takes place within the forum of a worship service. More and more I've learned that worship outside of an organized church service is the real worship that the Father is seeking. The better the worship is outside of the church walls, the better it will be inside the walls. Not the other way around.
What's your Word?