Food, Gimmicks, and Recreation

Jeff May

Problems arise as we strive to serve God faithfully, but God has given us a tree — the tree of Calvary, to be used in such situations, just as Moses cast in the tree at Mariah to resolve the problem of the bad water (Exodus 5), and Elisha cast in the tree branch to resolve the problem of the lost ax head (2 Kings 5). Cast in it, brethren! See the difference it makes.

How ashamed we ought to be if we think people are drawn to Christ with food, recreation, and entertainment. There’s enough power in the tree (of Calvary). Jesus Himself said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself” (John 12:32). The man who sees his problem will come to Calvary’s tree for his remedy. He needs nothing else. He desires only “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

The use of such gimmicks is a direct reflection of our lack of faith and trust in the word of God (Romans 1:16). What is the difference in this and in using creeds, robes, incense, instrumental music and other such gimmicks to make the worship “entertaining?” Are we at worship to please ourselves or God?