The Worship Quote of the Week for (05/08/2001):

Beware the God Within
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE comes from the pen of the celebrated English author G.
K. Chesterton. We find the author in the midst of arguing that it is not
sufficient for Mr. Jones to worship at the shrine of self-esteem or
self-awareness or self-anything. No, we are called to worship a God who is
"totally other." As the psalmist says, "It is he who has made us and not we

That Jones shall worship the "god within him" turns out ultimately to mean
that Jones shall worship Jones. Let Jones worship the sun or moon, anything
rather than the Inner Light; let Jones worship cats or crocodiles, if he can
find any in his street, but not the god within. Christianity came into the
world firstly in order to assert with violence that a man had not only to
look inwards, but to look outwards, to behold with astonishment and
enthusiasm a divine company and a divine captain. The only fun of being a
Christian was that a man was not left alone with the Inner Light, but
definitely recognized an outer light, fair as the sun, clear as the moon,
terrible as an army with banners.

- G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) in ORTHODOXY: THE ROMANCE OF FAITH, New York:
Image Books/Doubleday, 1990 (originally published New York: Dodd, Mead &
Company, 1908), p. 76. ISBN 0-385-01536-4

[Mystery lovers, may I suggest that your summer reading include an ample dose
of Chesterton's FATHER BROWN MYSTERIES, short stories about the adventures
and who-done-it successes of Father Brown, a detective priest.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky