This post continues the wonderful lecture by Robby Bell called Lament for a Wounded Faith.
- 2 Areas where our theology needs refinement:
- Theology of worship and the church
Theology of God’s response to our suffering
- Why is our worship so antiseptic?
- Is the purpose of worship to forget our problems and sing happy songs?
- Lamenting is about honesty in our worship.
- We treat the Psalms of Lament as substandard parts of scripture.
We cannot expect people’s understanding of God to reach higher than their hymnbooks. – Jenkins
Lament can serve to disrupt and expose the idols in our heart.
Ultimate goal of lamenting before God is not miraculous intervention but intimacy with God. – Lane
God invites us to bring our wounds to him, to continue the dialogue with him.
Cast your cares upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.
Lament transforms us.
Lament, rightly engaged, always leads us to the cross.
Lament must intersect with the cross of Christ and his vicarious suffering.
The cross always leads us to Jesus, the perfector of our faith.
We lose something by not acknowledging the presence of what is there.
Acknowledging where we are doesn’t mean we stay there.
Too often, engaging the process scares us off.
Our prayers should be honest.
- Stoic patience and acceptance is not the theme of the Bible.
- Tension between now and then is removed in favor of the “then”.
- Even in suffering, we continue to address our thoughts and fears to God as Job did.