Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Father, forgive them

A visible pastor in our city, who leads a large congregation known for its contemporary worship, has been quoted in a local newspaper on the subject of torture: "If information gained by putting someone under physical pain ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives, there's a part of me that says that's appropriate...". When pushed on this by the reporter, the pastor continued, "there are many other issues out there [besides torture], it's not a major blip on my radar screen".

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Could it be that immersion in contemporary worship, to the exclusion of the traditional practices of confession, forgiveness, learning the psalms, intercession for enemies, the centrality of the Cross, etc., innoculates us to the sufferings of others?

I only ask the question.


Blogger grateful said...

The possibility of a relationship of Christian ethics and behavior to liturgical style and practice, is definately worth the question. The same presuppositions (ie. the ends justify the means) underlies much of the market-based, commercial worship in contemporary Christian culture.

Christ have mercy, indeed.

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