Arthur at “the voice of one crying out in suburbia” is putting a damper on some people’s holiness party with his post “A quick thought on holiness.” Arthur says that something is missing from many discussions of holiness: “how our holiness is lived out and impacts others.”
What?!? Has Arthur gone mad? Isn’t holiness all about our personal piety and our personal relationship with God?
Well, not according to Arthur:
Any exhibition of personal holiness that is not accompanied by substantive action and an urgent sense of compassion is not Biblical holiness. It is nothing more than self-righteousness.
We cannot speak of holiness in the church as something that is marked merely by personal acts of piety. An internalized holiness is not holiness in any true sense but we have created a norm that sees religious observation as the pinnacle of holiness. (emphasis in original)
All sarcasm aside… I completely agree with Arthur.
If your “personal devotion” and holiness do not lead you to demonstrate love toward others and serve others, then you are not listening to God nor are you following Jesus.
But, what about for a church? The same is true…
If your church meeting (worship service, mass, whatever you want to call it) do not lead you (y’all – i.e., individually and together) to demonstrate love toward others and serve others, then you are not listening to God nor are you following Jesus.