CAN YOU IMAGINE ?
Can you imagine if the Lord took us at our words? if everything we said was taken literally, and called to be done by our Lord?
We sing songs, of ‘I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord. I’ll be what you want me to be? I’ll say what you want me to say’
People sing that, sing it to a congregation, in which they know the Lord is listening, and then won’t go to witness where the Lord calls them to witness. Many won’t go to prayer meeting, won’t spend time in the presence of God, but have time for television, bowling, and watching the horrible news on television... but they still sing ‘I’ll go where you want me to go...’
Many won’t be the usher, janitor, lawn mower of the church: they won’t be the pastor, though called by God... but they still sing ‘I’ll be what you want me to be.’
Some will still speak words of disrespect to God, to and about the pastor, to and about their mate, and still will sing ‘I’ll say what YOU WANT me to say, dear Lord.’
Can you imagine if God called those songs, of that kind, to be lying songs, songs of taking it for granted that God knows you really don’t mean it? What if He said after the song, ‘OKAY, PROVE IT’. Could you?
Lying ranks high among the common vices of mankind. A poll of many Americans revealed that 97 out of 100 admitted that they lied. Human depravity reveals itself in mankind's lies, and the church, in song service, is not the time to have lies.
Which is better, to let the song leader sing alone, and the congregation sit down and close their mouths, or would it be better for the congregation to stand, open their mouths and sing LIES?
We have grown so accustomed to lies, we rarely get startled, we don’t think about the sinner in the row behind us singing the same song we sing, and perhaps we mean it, but we are asking and expecting him/her to sing those same words, and they are not truth for them.
Salesmen lie, t.v. commercials lie, politicians lie, employees lie, bosses lie, and even a baby lies to a degree, when after a few weeks old, it learns that if it cries as though hungry or in pain, the baby can gain desired 'attention'. We see and hear such lies so much, that in many churches, we sing lies to the Lord, let the congregation hear our false proclamations, and walk out of the church with a smile feeling no need to either fulfill those lies to make them truth, or to repent of the evil we spoke in the song service.
Some sing ‘Draw me nearer, near blessed Lord, to the cross where Thou hast died...’ Still, many who sing that blessed hymn, don’t want to be near the cross, don’t want to be near the horrible agony of a cross carrying life. They want ease and wealth, fame and power, love from the world, and not a cross carrying, cross sharing life with Jesus. They lie when they sing those songs.
Can you imagine if God called a council, brought you up to heaven in a vision, and opened His book of your ‘songs’ that you have sung?
Matthew 12:36-37 (KJV)
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Oops, I think He did promise to do that someday, but can you imagine if He did it early, like today... and asked you to account for the words you sang in church this Sunday?
"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord...'
"Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man, with his deeds'
Some Christians do not put off the 'old man', it seems. Lies pass through the lips of even those who call themselves Christians. Too many Christians even regard lies as inconsequential. Too many do not even think of the words they sing in song service.
Do we need to put a warning on some songs in the hymnals? Do we need to warn the ‘saints’ that to sing these words means you are going to be totally, and completely dedicated to Jesus, and give even your life willingly, and be completely obedient to His call. The warning needs to include the warning that if we sing these words, and do not do what we have promised, it will be considered an ‘idle’, i.e. ‘Not working’ word, and will be brought up by the Lord on judgment day. We will have to answer for our lack of fulfillment of that promise we made in the song.
Can you imagine how few would be singing those songs in some churches if only those who meant the words, sang the words? Can you imagine the silence in some churches, where all, including some song leaders, could not open their mouths to sing one word, if they had to be sure they were being truthful in what they sang????
Can you imagine judgment day, or that vision that the Lord could give you, of standing before Him, with the book of your words laid open, and you had to answer for what you sang, versus what you lived????
Some sing ‘Jesus is the sweetest name I know’, and then during the week use it in a form of cursing.
Some sing ‘He’s all I need, He’s all I need, Jesus is all I need...’ And then complain all week that you don’t have that new boat that is mandatory for the summer vacation.
Some sing ‘heaven came down, and glory filled my soul’, and haven’t been on their knees in prayer for that to happen in so long, they can’t remember what time, if ever, that happened to them.
Some sing ‘every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before’... And yet, they complain all week of how the times are getting so awful, they feel like giving up.
What is the truth? Do we ever hear much truth in our song service times?
Can you imagine, if Jesus showed up in the church, immediately after the song service, and called then, an accounting of what the saints had just sung, and the open confession of what the actual truth is??
Can you imagine???