Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Organised religion par excellence?

1 Chronicles 23-26 describes how King David organised the Levites, the Priests, the Musicians, the Gatekeepers, Treasurers, ... The magnitude and size of the organisation must have been very impressive. This is what many denominations, mega-churches, and Christian organisations aspire too! As some previous posts show I am an enthusiast of policies and procedures particularly with regard to accountability and finances.
But, how the mighty have fallen! Within generations this structure had fallen apart. Moreover, its actually goal, worship of the living God, had been lost. By the time of the boy King Josiah they did not even know there was a book of the Law! The perfect structure does guarantee the purity of our own thoughts and desires.

Even David knew the dangers, exhorting his son Solomon to watch his heart and mind:
9"And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. 10Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it."

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