Great post from Rusty about the tendency in modern evangelicalism to focus on Jesus exclusively in worship today. This is a fascinating insight. Being in a little bit different worship tradition than a lot of other folks in the Christian world today, I don’t tend to see these things, so I appreciate the perspective here.
I’d argue that if we worship Jesus to the exclusion of the other two persons of the Trinity, then we’re not even really worshiping Jesus. How can we worship the Son without knowing the Father who sends Him? And Jesus said Himself that He must go away, so that the Holy Spirit can come. How do we know Jesus except by the Spirit?
What is it about our culture, here in America, that motivates us to emphasize a personal relationship with this Jesus who loves us? Do we tend to overemphasize this aspect and, as a result, the person of Jesus in our worship?
Perhaps our fear of actually dealing with the real God makes dealing with the man Jesus appealing? Perhaps by cutting off two persons of the Trinity, I’m really cutting off all three, and thinking really of Jesus only as a man, and therefore creating a relationship that I can control?
Perhaps our un-confronted rebellion makes us hesitant to accept the need to submit ourselves to the judge and king, and so this romanticized, feminized relationship is appealing for its nonthreatening nature?