Five Minute Friday: Beloved

Every friday over at Lisa Jo’s blog is a big blog carnival called Five minute friday.To participate write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing. Lisa Jo’s topic this week is: Beloved.

Go.

I was once a part of a group called Beloved. We were an all girls group specifically reaching out to other girls. We talked a lot about how we are God’s beloved.

The word beloved always brings up this reminder to me:

I am God’s beloved.

So fitting to write on this on the day after Valentines.

WE are loved by God.

So loved!

We are loved by a God who is so big.

We are significant to a God who created all people, all creatures, the earth.

I am significant.

I love to think of looking down from a mountaintop at a town below, or down at towns from the window seat on a plane. It puts it all into persective how tiny, how insiginificant we are in the grand sceeme of all the people and creatures of the world.

But really,

To God,

I AM a big deal.

I love the imagery that if I was the only person on the earth who needed saving, God still would have sent his son to die for me.

Because he LOVES me.

I am His beloved.

Pretty powerful God’s love.

Pretty powerful that truth.

I

Am

Loved

I

Am

His

Beloved.

YOU

are

His

Beloved.

And don’t you forget it!

Stop.

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Idol Worship

My first year of college I met some crazy people. I learned that girls are catty, super catty. I learned that our dry campus was so dry you could swim. I learned that chapel every day was pretty much the same every day (a lesson I quickly unlearned a few years later) And I learned that some christians are pretty extreme in their beliefs.

I met a girl who said that she couldn’t worship in a place which didn’t have a cross. She tied so much of worship to the cross and saw a huge importance to having this symbol around during worship.

I began to think about this, and still sometimes ponder this, is it possible to worship the cross as an idol– to have idol worship of a cross?

Can we not worship God in nature? In majestic mountain ranges, in vast and barren deserts or fruitful and plentiful fields? Can we not worship God at the presence of an every day miracle: the birth of a child? Where is the cross in all of this?

What about churches which don’t have a church home? Must christians who gather to praise and worship God also make sure they have a cross with them?

 

Recently I heard talk of a church which doesn’t openly advertise their denomination. You wont see Methodist, Baptist, Catholic or Lutheran written on any of their paperwork. A friend visited the church and was turned off by this. They couldn’t imagine worshiping at a church which didn’t advertise which church they belonged.

To clarify, they belong to a denomination, they preach and believe based on that┬ádenomination but the church doesn’t shout “We are Catholic.” (or whatever denomination.)

Can this be “idol worship”?

Maybe it’s a stretch, but my question really is: Whats important when it comes to worship? And at what point does insistance on a name or a symbol become Idol worship?

Food for though.

Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold. Exodus 20:23