This is a quick follow-up post to my last post. After having blogged on the difference between worshipping Jesus and God, I went to church on Sunday and came across the exact topic.
It had nothing to do with the sermon itself. Since, after moving the service from 10am to 9am, half of us are still asleep, the young lady that leads the worship session was trying to motivate the crowd. She started getting people to shout and praise God, to get our blood pumping. So in the middle of this, she yelled out, “Who do we worship?” We sheepishly yelled, “God”. Next, she yelled and “What’s his name?” Here I just got confused, I started thinking about all the names I know, Jehovah, Yaweh, Emmanuel, the Prince of Peace. And then my rambling mind went off on the Indiana Jones tangent, and I started thinking to myself, “But in Latin Jehovah begins with an I”. And then I almost laughed out loud in church.
I digress. The point is that she shouted out, “Jesus”. That was the furthest name from my mind. I would never have guessed it. Here was an example of where Jesus was directly representive of God, as if they were interchangeable. Although, as my last post mentioned, I’ve seen people worship Jesus as if he was God, I had never heard of Jesus used in this way.
Of course, I completely disagreed with her, but as my wife clarified later, Christianity, as most of the world understands it, is not really about God, it’s about Jesus and the Bible. Just like Judaism is about Abraham (I think) and the Torah, and Islam is about Mohammed and the Koran. I always found it confusing as to why these three religions disagreed so much since they were all following the same God. Now it all makes sense. These religions really have not much to do with God.