In yesterday’s article, ‘More than a Concept’ I used the second definition* of ‘religion’ in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary to make the case that active, keen sailors are religious. Their religion is ‘sailing’. They adore their boats and often devote hours of loving attention to them. In some instances they sometimes part with cash to the degree of making sacrificial offerings for the glory of the vessels they worship. They willingly suffer as paupers to see their prized yachts in pristine condition, ready and able to perform the task for which they were made, i.e., sailing. For these worshippers, adoration is a satisfying experience, but their greatest joy comes from sailing the objects of their adoration.
Worship springs from a desire within. The object or god worshiped is cherished and admired. There’s a voluntary and willing response on the part of the worshipper. In the case of a boat being the object of worship, there is no reciprocal response, for ‘she’ does not have life, but in the case of the One and only living God, because He has life He can respond. Indeed, He can initiate and solicit a response from a would-be worshipper. This is the way of the God of the Universe who calls all men and women to worship Him.
*‘a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.’
Matthew 11:28 ‘Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’
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