"Politcal Correctness" in the Church

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"Politcal Correctness" in the Church

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Dez 13, 2006, 2:38pm

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Editado: Dez 13, 2006, 2:44pm

On the whole I would suggest the latter but (I'm not very quick on the uptake) where does political correctness (the topic heading) come into this question as posed?

Editado: Dez 13, 2006, 2:54pm

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Dez 13, 2006, 2:52pm

I, too, am not understanding "political correctness" as a topic description as it relates to the question that you asked.

Dez 13, 2006, 2:55pm

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Dez 13, 2006, 2:58pm

I would say that all worship and therefore all liturgy is to bring a person/s/comunity from where they are (personally) when they walk in the door to reflect on the magnatude, mystery, majesty,and preciousness of Christ Crucified. Isn't is all a means to remind us of our true hope?

Depending on who what and where, the manner in which the person/s leading worship will offend some of the people involved.

I would dare say that inherintly the true Gospel message is offensive, in some respect, to everyone. It should be because it is acultural.

ex. - take the bibles view on sex, in the cultural perspective of the western world it is horribly oppresive, however in the middle east it is freeing. Conversely look at forgiveness, in the western world forgiveness if freeing, but in the middle East it is oppresive.

Dez 13, 2006, 3:00pm

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Dez 13, 2006, 3:11pm


Do try to be polite. The intent here is to be challenged by what others have to say to us about worship and liturgy, rather than to poke at people unnecessarily.

Try phrasing these things in a way which will invite others to participate... some of the silent lurkers have a large body of experience and familiarity with the literature and with scripture, and we don't want to chase them away.

(I have started a new topic on "The Purpose of Worship")


Dez 13, 2006, 3:14pm

It is my understanding that historically it was used to remind people of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Remember that origionally church/mass was a cultural center/gathering place. Almost no one could read and write. Symbols/pictures/insense/stained glass windows/etc were used as christian 'educatonal tools'. Do you know why in the catholic mass they ring a bell before they actually do the transubstation portion? It was to get peoples attention, everyone would be standing around in the naive talking and looking at the stainedglass windows. In that culture, incense was an aid. Smoke was something they were familer with. You can't always see it, it permiates everything... it seems etherial.

Dez 13, 2006, 3:14pm

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Dez 18, 2006, 3:35am

>9 jdgough:
Thanks for that discription of the historical aspects of worship. Very enlightening.

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