Sunday Citation

“The distinction between the Christian and the rebel thus lies at the point of thanksgiving. It is not possible to take hold of the world with the intention of sinning and still give thanks to God for it. A man cannot load a gun intending to murder his boss, and then give thanks to God for it.

“Worship, then, trains us in the proper mode of dominion. Without God’s rite to repattern us, we would go out and work with the world after the fashion of Cain, and take it and ourselves down a course of degradation. In worship, however, we are repatterned to a true approach to the world. For this reason, the historic liturgies of the church have stressed the giving of thanks. In this way, the church serves to transform the world.”

-James Jordan in Through New Eyes: Developing a Biblical View of the World (1988), p. 127

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