Summary: Moshing has made the transition from the Rock arena into the Christian Rally arena. Is it something that is an acceptable form of worship?

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Moshing – Principles

Growing up as a teenager in the church there were a number of things we teenagers wanted to do that weren’t exactly church policy

• Long hair, rock concerts

• Went off to college - freestyle dancing

• Point I’m trying to make is that there will always be issues with the new generation as they develop a Christian value system – its not something that happens overnight

• Today we are going to be talking about one of these issues

• This matter came up at the recent Renegade camp

• We organized a worship session. We put on the first song, it was an upbeat number and some of our young people started jumping up and down on the spot

• I’d ask them to demonstrate here, but they may be a bit embarrassed to do it in front of an older audience

• It’s the type of behavior that originated at rock concerts

• Down the front just in front of the stage is an area normally called the “mosh pit”

• This is an area where the crowd gets really wound up, they jump up and down on the spot(called moshing), to the beat of the music, some “head-bang” and others go “crowd surfing”

• Some of these things have made the transition from rock concerts into the Christian worship arena

• Anyway, this happened at Renegade, just the jumping or moshing that is!

• I didn’t say anything at the time, but the next day before the worship session I asked our kids not to do it as I did not believe it was appropriate behavior in a Christian environment

• They weren’t all that happy, and I know what that can be like, taking away something they enjoy doing

• Its been bubbling away below the surface ever since, so the issue needs to be addressed

Now personally I don’t regard this as a negative development – I’m not mad, I’m not upset

• I regard it as a “teaching” opportunity not a “correction” issue

• Obviously it can become a correction issue depending on how we response to the teaching

Now when these things come up the place for answers is not personal opinion, it’s not what the church down the road does, it’s God’s Word

• that’s the type of church we are, we are people of the Word

• so today you’re not going to get my opinion, you going to get the Lord’s opinion

• we’re going to be looking at some principles we can learn from God’s Word about this type of thing

The first principle is a healthy respect or reverence for all that is Holy and Sacred

• let’s look at some instances of worship described in Scripture

• right from the beginning we learn in Gen 4:3-8 that Abel brought an acceptable offering to the Lord while Cain did not

Genesis 4:3-8 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering,5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?7 “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

• Isn’t this ironic. What issue was the first murder over? Worship

• This was the original worship war

• On the surface, the fruit of the ground seems like a good offering to Cain, but for whatever reason, it was not an acceptable offering to God

• So we learn from this that God has rules about what is acceptable worship to Him and what isn’t

• We don’t make the rules, He does. He is a Holy One, we are nothing, and we need to remember our respective roles in the relationship

• Hopefully we to want “to do well” to present to the Lord an offering of praise that is acceptable to Him

• Over in Exodus 32 we have the story of the golden calf.

• Aaron, the brother of Moses, the one who would later become the High Priest, and the people decided they wanted to have an earthly representation of God so they replicated one of the pagan gods from Egypt – a golden calf

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