Worship is a bit like faith: everyone worships something or someone, just as everyone has faith in something or someone. The only question is: What/whom do we worship? In what/whom do we have faith?
Here is what the novelist David Foster Wallace said to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College, Ohio: “Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what we worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship … is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.” He then gives a number of examples, among them power: “Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear.”
What is impressive is to hear someone who isn’t a Christian saying these things. Those of us who are Christians should be even clearer about them, because we know that the God we worship and know in his Son Jesus Christ would rather give his life for us than eat us alive. Indeed, he came to give us life, not to take it from us, that we might “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10), which is life with God himself, the life we were created for. This God is the only one we can worship and not be left aching and empty – or worse – but truly satisfied.
Yours warmly, in Christ,
Chris Hobbs (Senior Minister)