Six-year-old Angie was sitting in church and getting annoyed. Her 4-year-old brother, Joel, kept giggling and talking out loud. Finally, she had all she could stand.
"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church," she said.
"Oh, yeah?" asked Joel. "Who's going to stop me?"
Angie pointed to the back of the church. "See those two big, strong men standing by the door?" Joel gulped. "They're hushers."
Perhaps the church should hire hushers. Hushers hired not to protect the church service, but the entire life Christians devote to God. We are called into the heart of holiness, the inner sanctum of sacredness, the living presence of an eternal God. Yet humility eludes us. We boisterously talk of what we "know" and rush from appointment to appointment without pausing for breath.
It is time to remember the principle of the Sabbath. It is time to "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
Listen to Eugene Peterson.
"The most striking thing about keeping the Lord's Day is that it begins by not doing anything. The Hebrew word, shabbat, which we take over as is, untranslated, into our language, simply means, 'Quit; stop; take a break.'
"As such it has no religious or spiritual content: Whatever you are doing, stop it. Whatever you are saying, shut up. Sit down and take a look around you. Don't do anything. Don't say anything. Fold your hands. Take a deep breath.
"I don't see any way out of it. If we are going to honor the Father, we must keep the Sabbath. We must stop running around long enough to see what he has done and is doing. We must shut up long enough to hear what he has said and is saying.
"All our ancestors agree that without silence and stillness, there is no spirituality, no God-attentive, God-responsive life." (Perspectives, June-July 2000)
Peterson is right. Do we want a God-attentive, God-responsive life?
Let's hire some hushers.
Rick Cupp is the pastor at Kenai Fellowship Church. Sunday Bible classes are at 10 a.m. Sunday worship is at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday worship and Bible classes are at 7 p.m.
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