James 2 v. 17 (NIV) says: "...faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead".

As a worship leader I am increasingly becoming aware that singing songs is not enough. "And now to live the life" as Matt Redman sings. ("Now To Live The Life" on the album 'Intimacy'). We need to look at our whole lives as an act
of worship. Without going into a sermon on the subject, one area has
become really real to me in this way, and that's the whole area of
speaking out for justice and truth.

If we sing our songs about the fatherhood of God then we must be prepared to lobby our MP about the forthcoming Human Embryo and Tissues Bill, which is an attempt to legalise human cloning (this is contrary to God's order in creation - Genesis 1 v.27). Or be prepared to demonstrate publicly and make your voice heard (see this example).

Let's not get to the point where God says of us:

"I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship
offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your
songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps."
(Amos 5 vs. 21-23).

So, "But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" (v.24)

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Comment by David Honkanen on August 15, 2010 at 8:08pm
Can you imagine worship that God actually hates. These are serious verses that show us the importance of not having any type of idolatry in our lives. Thanks Jeremy


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