Everybody worships

David Wallace, an American writer and university professor of English, in his commencement speech at Kenyon College said, ‘…in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.

Everybody lives for something. It might be for your family or career; it might be for the happiness of others or the pleasure and comforts of this life. Ultimately however, everybody chooses to live for something. We all say this is worth my time (family/career), this is worth my praise and delight (a house/holiday). Wallace (not a believer) points out, that that is exactly what worship is, ascribing worth and delight to something at the cost of your time, your money or maybe even your life.

He goes on to say, ‘The only choice we get is what to worship, and an outstanding reason for choosing a deity to worship is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never feel you have enough. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure, and you will always feel ugly. Worship power and you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep that fear at bay.’ Today's passage gives us hope, it points us to the one who is both worthy of our worship and able to hold it. The one who in worshipping, frees us from our captivity, gives sight to our blind eyes and who will not fall or fail.

Jamie Mackenzie

Assistant Minister

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