Worship that Harms

Posted on Sat 16 May 2020 in Posts

Today protestors will gather at the NH State House for a Christian service and demand to return to large, in-person worship gatherings in their churches. Churches that closed too slowly or opened too quickly soon showed new COVID cases.

If your worship service is harming people, then God does not want that worship. The Bible, from Torah to Prophets to Gospels to the Apostles, repeats the refrain: if your actions harm the weak (widows, orphans, foreigners, and so on), then God does not want your worship. This goes all the more is the worship gathering itself is harmful to the weakest.

Here it is in Amos 5:21-24 (but you can find it in Isaiah 1, James 1 and plenty of other Bible verses): "I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream."