#WorshipWednesday – The Universalism of Worship

Back in 2005, David Foster Wallace—famous author and known secularist—said these words at the commencement ceremony at Kenyon College:

“Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship…is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you…Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is…they’re unconscious. They are default settings.”

All people worship. It is not a question of if you worship, but what or who you worship. God has hardwired our hearts to worship. We all have eternity imprinted permanently in our hearts (Ecc. 3:11).

We can worship anything–money, family, sex, etc. All are good things but make terrible gods when given priority over our Creator.

What do you worship?

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