One of the elders at my church recently prayed a prayer that went something like this: “Just like liturgy helps to ground us in the faith, this world also offers a liturgy that seeks to pull us away from God.”
That really resonated with me.
If you come from a faith tradition that doesn’t use liturgy in your worship services, simply put, the word means “a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship.”
Those rites are designed to keep the Christian grounded in the historic beliefs of the faith by reminding him or her about what Christians have believed for centuries.
As the elder pointed out, the world has a liturgy, too — one with a very different intention. The question is, which liturgy are we repeating, wrestling with, and ultimately, ingesting? Which liturgy are we living?
The apostle Paul put it this way: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
We are in a constant battle to think right thoughts which lead to right actions. Choose wisely.