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from Eugene Peterson’s book A Long Obedience:

February 26th, 2007

from Eugene Peterson’s book A Long Obedience:

“If Christians only worshipped when they felt like it, there would be precious little worship that went on. Feelings are important in many areas, but completely unreliable in matters of faith….

“Living in the age of sensation, we think that if we don’t feel something, there can be no authenticity in doing it. But the wisdom of God says something different, namely, that we can act ourselves into a new way of feeling much quicker than we can feel ourselves into a new way of acting. Worship is an act which develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God which is expressed in an act of worship. When we obey the command to praise God in worship, our deep, essential need to be in relationship with God is nurtured.”

ready? discuss!

4 Responses to “from Eugene Peterson’s book A Long Obedience:”

  1. Christy Says:

    so true!

  2. Shawna Says:

    Amen

  3. Dan Pratt Says:

    Alright! something new to talk about!
    Lately I have been meditating on the idea that God calls us to take him seriously. I think that I can tie this into the discussion by saying that God calls us to take him seriously (i.e. worship him, meditate on him, serve him) whether we feel like it or not.

    Disagree with me!
    (or agree if you want, I guess)

    Dan

  4. Jon Says:

    Dan, I totally agree. God is worthy to be praised whether we “feel” like it or not, whether our lives are a wreck or we are right on track with him. I think Peterson hit the core issue, our culture celebrates the triumph of sensation over reason and even over belief. It is way too easy to confuse emotions and spirituality: what FEELS right versus what IS right. For example, when we feel far away from God… He doesn’t go anywhere. He is as close as ever, but because He’s not giving us those warm fuzzy feelings (because we’ve screwed up or we’re doubting), we cry that He has left us alone. Too us (or at least me), warm-fuzzy= spiritual, but it’s just not true. God can work through guilt(not shame; there’s a difference), pain, grief, and anger just as easily as he can through joy, peace, and love. We have to be able to weigh the difference. We have to be willing to worship him through the pain and willing to trust that He is with there in the midst of our troubles even if we don’t feel it. C.S. Lewis has a quote in the Screwtape Letters (which I’m now going to botch) that says something to the effect of “when a man looks around and all traces of God have disappeared from his universe, yet he still chooses to follow Him anyway,” then the devil knows he’s lost that soul.