Taking God’s Holiness Seriously
As “The Armchair of God on Earth,” the Ark of the Covenant was carried with extreme decorum and ceremony for good reason. Anyone who who disrespected, touched, or even looked at it DIED. This happened more than once …
When wandering in the desert, the priests carried it with gold plated poles so as not to lay a finger on it. When the Israelites pitched the tabernacle for the last time, the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies only once a year to make atonement for the sins of the nation … with a rope tied to his foot so if he died they could drag him out and bury his body. Our loving merciful God of the New Testament emphasized His requirements for holiness in the New Testament.
Today, we as Christians carry within us the Holy Presence of God.
Which is the Greater Honor?
Bearing the Ark of the Covenant or bearing the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit. Obviously.
So when someone claiming to be a Christian casually disgraces something God deems Holy - I shudder.
Going back to the Ark of the Covenant, here’s a story from 1 Samuel:
The Ark of the Covenant once made a tour outside of Israel.
The sons of Eli the priest thought a “Holy Gold Box” was a lucky charm for the them not getting their butts kicked as a consequence for living lives of flagrant selfish disdain for the Holy God they were called to serve (idiots!). The country followed their example in not living according to God’s laws.
The Ark got captured in battle and the sons of Eli died.
That’s example Number 1:
Don’t Treat God like a Lucky Rabbit Foot when you’re living Opposite His Plan.
As a battle trophy, the Ark sat below the pagan god in the enemy temple. Not only did the statue of the pagan god fall on its face and crack it’s neck, the men of the city got hemorrhoids. So they sent the ark away to another city and those men got hemorrhoids. So they sent the ark to a third city and all the guys who didn’t get hemorrhoids … you guessed it … died.
That’s example Number 2:
Don’t Put God Underneath Anything. Something’s gonna Break.
So they sent the Ark back to Israel in a cart with some gold to atone for their mishandling. When the Israelites saw the ark coming back to them, they were ecstatic! They stopped their wheat harvest and made an offering to the LORD. Unfortunately, the ark was uncovered so a bunch of them died too.
I could go on but you get my point. God takes holiness seriously.
So when I heard The Fray casually drop the f-Bomb in concert Sunday night, I was rather dismayed.
Yes, I understand the desire to be mainstream and relevant.
Yes, I have said the f-bomb myself and I’m not proud of it.
But when you feel God has called you out of the "Christian music genre and into a secular market" you have a responsibility to Him and His calling. And I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include setting a bad example
I disrespect God by accident all the time and He hasn’t struck me dead yet. That’s the miracle of His Grace. And when He tells me my sin, my heart hurts for disrespecting Him. I love Him too much to want to do that.
Don’t live life in the gray. White is White, God is Holy and as bearers of the Holy Spirit, we need to live in the Light as He is in the Light.
This post was also inspired by Jessie Busboom’s post which you can read here: