Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi is an axiom of ancient Christianity, meaning, “The rule of worship, is the rule of belief, is the rule of life.” That is, the way we are oriented in worship (whatever it might be that we focus on most devotedly) orients the way we believe and the way we live.
Until they were taken out of the promised land then returned the Israelites always went back to the idols of the cultures around them. They were surrounded by the thongs they were told to avoid, so over time, the idol worshiper wore them down. As American Christians, we sometimes are no different. We are immersed in a culture that tells us to beautify the gospel, don’t mention sin, don’t remind people how far they are from God. We need to be aware of where we are and not succumb to our surroundings.
I get off track constantly, if I were a car I would be wrecked. I know what it is like to watch too much television. I used to love politics and I would get caught up switching back and forth between Fox News and CNN and waste two or three hours a night. We can so easily get lost and focus our worship on a cult of personality, or the television, or a new car that we just have to get because ours is three years old.
My point is this. What ever we focus our worship on is what is going to set the way we see ourselves, others, and the church. Am I studying the bible daily, am I praying and meditating on scripture, or am I putting junk into my mind? This week try to turn off the TV or the computer and fill your mind with a little more scripture.
(1) Jill Carattini, A Slice of Infinity daily email Newsletter January 23, 2009. Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.