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Babel in Modern-day Worship

Genesis 11:4, “Then they said, come let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we make a name for ourselves”

The humanistic culture of worship in these last moments of the earth’s history is in a serious predicament of a godless folly. Ascribing names to ourselves as we profess to be worshiping God has taken centre stage, and it is a sin of no smaller magnitude in the sight of a holy God. The confusion that has filled our worship styles is a result of our ignorance, painful simplified and pre-conceived notions of who exactly God is.

Whenever mortal human being “say”, while putting God last and away, babel (confusion) comes in. The creator God is the source of life for all living creatures. He is the template upon which we are all built. Disconnecting our beings from him renders us useless. God is not anything in creation neither is creation God. He does not fit to be a creature and hence the planet earth cannot contain him, our plans without him becomes insipid.

Genesis 11:4 portrays self-exaltation of people with influence, making a call to gather together, build themselves a city with a tower that reaches to heaven without consulting God. The sole-purpose was to make a name for themselves. While God is waiting to see people who gather together in synagogues to worship him in truth and in spirit, many modern day Christians have resorted to make their names great, exalt themselves and invite all glory to them.

The free-lancing type of worship exhibited by many Christians today, is a clear indication that, “these people worship God with their lips, but their hearts are far from him” Matthew 15:8. God is a God of order, when we approach him, haphazard acts of worshiping should be shunned.

As we gather together in synagogues what exactly are we worshiping? Is there order that invites angels to be part of our worship services. Is our dancing, jumping, ululating, and crying adding holiness to our mortal beings. Is there harmony in the way we conduct services with the heavenly setup.

Profound and meaningful are the utterances of the Psalmist “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” Psalm 96:9. Worship should be something more than an outward observance. Until and unless there is an inward experience, it is babel worship of gathering together to make names of ourselves. The whole concept of babel becomes significant when Christians profess to worship God in spirit but without truth. Where there is no truth, there is chaos. It’s not enough to worship God in spirit without truth and vice versa. True worshipers shall worship the father in spirit and in truth for the father seek such to worship him. John 4:23.

The babel mentality of self-exaltation should not characterize our worship. Once this is accepted in our churches, our hearts, minds and souls will be shifted from true Godliness to another copycat of a vacuous God. We should remember that the devil is very cunning, he is busy replacing the true worship of God with the kind of worship that stimulates fleshly passions, entertainment that takes away souls from God, and reverence will no longer be a virtue to God. We need to circumspectly come before God, sincerely ask him for wisdom, humble ourselves when we are at our places of worship. God is a God of order. Before we approach him let us understand who he is, otherwise our worship styles will be characterized by ignorance, pride, self-exaltation, and self-righteousness.

If the professed followers of God would accept whole-heartedly the standard of God, all will be brought into unity, but as long as human wisdom is exalted above God and his holy word there will be confusion. It should never be something to be proud of to be indifferent and careless in synagogues where God is worshiped. He is God the creator of all things, no one understands the mind of the lord. Isaiah 40:12-14.

*The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and and do not in any way reflect the views of the publication*

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