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The worship of God is not as easy as some might think. It is easy enough to pretend to worship. All the forms are well known: raised hands, bowed head, bent knees. The jargon of praise is easily learned. Songs are easy enough if you can carry a tune. But something should tell us that it is not that easy. Not really. Not in truth.

Now, I have been in a service where the leader tried to lead a cheer for Jesus. We were called upon to shout aloud in praise of God, and we did. But there was to me something false about it. It was not at all like the shout that goes up when a football team scores. It wasn’t even as good as Give me an E with cheerleaders leading us at the game.

Even bowing down and kneeling—is it an expression of great reverence or mere religious form? Of course, we have to face the fact that our hearts have been hardened to such things. But the cure is not pretense. Consider an act of great worship we find in the Book of Revelation, chapter 4…


Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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