In my journey to exceed knowledge level of the bible, I’ve started studying King Solomon. My knowledge of him was pretty much that he was one of King David’s sons and he wrote the Book of Proverbs. Through studying, however, I’ve found more about his background and story in 1 Kings 1-11, 1 Chronicles 28-29, and 2 Chronicles 1-9. The understanding I’ve obtained, I feel, is worth sharing.
Now, I must note that I’ve grown up in the AME Zion church, and have been non-denominational for about 12 years now. Today, I have finally been able to pinpoint more of why I am frustrated with church: all that goes into a service. There are so many traditions and rituals, in denominational and non-denominational churches, that make up a church service, which caused me to lose a zeal for going to church last year. For example, the Presbyterian church I went to last Sunday, just like in AME Zion, it is custom that after the tithes and offering is received, the church, in unison, sings “All things come of thee oh Lord, and of thine own have we give unto thee. A-men.” Literally I have sung this so many times without understanding why or what I was saying; I became numb to it. Turns out, when we sing that we are reciting 1 Chronicles 29:14; my new found understanding.
After reading 1 Chronicles 29:14, and realizing I’ve been saying this all my life, two scriptures came to mind: “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” (Isaiah 29:13) “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13)
We become so engulfed in customs, rituals, and traditions that we miss the presence of God. His word has no effect when we partake in rituals and don’t know the meaning. The scripture puts it perfect, our hearts are so far from God. I believe we also become so gripped by our pastors that we don’t study the word for ourselves to rightly divide what they teach and preach… There are so many more things that frustrate me about church, and what I would tell other people who are in the same place and seeking more is to read the word of God for yourself. This is how I’m discovering that something is missing in denominational and non-denominational churches.
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