by Rod Rutherford


Nutritionists tell us that Americans are becoming increasingly obese.  This results in a myriad of health problems.  Because of this it is predicted by some medical experts that the present generation of youth will not live as long as their parents.  Fast foods are largely responsible.  Not only are “fast foods” relatively inexpensive, quick and easy, but they appeal to the taste.  High in salt, preservatives, and grease, they are addictive.  A healthful diet of home-cooked, lightly seasoned vegetables, lean meat or fish, and fresh fruits just do not have the appeal to the younger generation as “junk” food from Hardy’s, MacDonald’s, Burger King, or Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Churches of every kind hosted special holiday services last month. Everything from singing Christmas trees to performances by ballet troops, rock bands, choirs, and symphony orchestras were used to draw the crowds.  These were billed as worship but their design was to please man.  One will search his New Testament in vain for any mention of these things.  The simple pattern of worship prescribed on the Sacred Page has little appeal to the masses.  It does not draw those who want to “have a good time” and call it worshipping God.

Cain and Abel came before God with their offerings. “The Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering, but unto Cain and his offering, He had not respect” (Genesis 4:4, 5).  Why did God accept the one and reject the other?  The New Testament answers: “By faith Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain” (Hebrews 11:4). “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).  Worship and entertainment are two entirely different things. Simply calling something worship does not make it so, nor does it make it acceptable to the Creator. “God is Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Fresh fruits and vegetables do not have the appeal of a “Big Mac” or a “Whopper,” but they are far more nutritious.  Worship according to the New Testament pattern is not as appealing to the masses as choirs, dancers, and bands, but it has the sanction of Heaven and honors God.