Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tradition or Truth

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6

With Kim Collingsworth at the piano, strains of the Hallelujah chorus began triumphantly resounding through the sanctuary.  Immediately everyone was on their feet in recognition of our Lord and God to whom all praise is due.  A few young people standing in the balcony began clapping to the rhythm unaware of the sacred song and the reverent response initiated years ago.

Driving home in the car I was wondering.  Did the young people stand just because everyone else was standing or did they know the reason why the audience so quickly rose to their feet.?  Did they think they were giving an ovation to Kim?  Had they ever been taught about this tradition?  Was their standing birthed in awe of the King of Kings or just formality? Was mine?

The story has been told that King George II, attending the London premiere of "Messiah" in March of 1743, was so moved by the "Hallelujah" that he stood up - and if the king stands, everybody stands.  Since that time, spontaneously standing during the performance of Handel's great oratorio has continued.

I've continued to ponder about the next generation.  How many traditions will be lost and forgotten for lack of teaching?  Have we been diligent about passing down customs marking our heritage?  These questions sparked a greater concern.  What about our faith?  Have we made the effort required to share the Gospel for future generations to know, receive and live the truth found in God's Word? Have we taken time to tell experiences of walking day by day with the Lord often enough and with enthusiasm that children yet to be born will hear the miracles that God still performs?  Will the Bible become history because His story isn't shared with purpose and passion?  Are we raising a generation that worships God, but does not fear God?

"'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?  As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"  Romans 10:13-15

Friend, responsibility falls to us.  Earlier this morning I read the following statistic.  Less than one out of every ten believers possess a biblical worldview as a basis for his or her decision-making behavior.  Our young people especially are being defeated in spiritual warfare because they do not know the Bible, its promises, its power, and its illuminating effect on every choice required in life.

Let's be intentional in our living and in our sharing.  Lives are at stake.  Precious people are perishing for lack of knowledge.  Who can God use you to open His Word with today.  Do it!

Here is a picture of sweet Kim Collingsworth and I.  If you'd like to hear her play the Hallelujah chorus, watch the video below and be blessed.

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Cheri Bunch said...

I love this, Joy! It is so important for us to pass the torch! Thank you for sharing! I love the Hallelujah Chorus! Glorious!

Much love,

Kimberly said...

Hi, sweet Joy!

It was a blessing to see your name (and your wonderful comment) pop up over at my blog. :)

My oldest daughter is in 7th grade this year - the grade in which I chose to walk away from the Lord. I feel it so heavy on my heart, the desire for my girls to know Him. For them to develop a faith of their own. For them to grow to be women of the Word, women of prayer, women who know how dearly loved they are by their Father.

You are so right - we need to be purposeful in sharing Him...each and every day.

Blessings, Joy!

Jill Beran said...

Such important truth here Joy!! Makes me think of our pastor preaching through Jude...I believe its verse 3 that talks about contending for the faith that is entrusted to us. As parents in can be easy to get caught up in many things, but I pray I don't lose focus and forget the most important!! Thanks for making me think tonight!!