Right and Wrong Notes

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God tests men according to their ways, and according to the fruit of their doings. This means that there are not only right actions and wrong actions, but also a need to see the context and outcomes of various actions. As C.S. Lewis points out in Mere Christianity, there are not two kinds of notes on a piano—right ones and wrong ones. It is not as though the black keys are sinful, and the white keys are righteous. Every note is right or wrong according to how it fits in the piece. They are contextually evaluated.

As a congregation, we want to avoid the problem is excessive individualism—where all sermons apply on an individual level, and that’s all. But this is like thinking that all we need to do is tune the piano. You are all individual notes, individual keys, and we do want you to be in tune. This is why we confess our sins, so that we can get in tune. But getting in tune is not the same as playing a piece.


As we continue to grow and mature as a congregation, one of the things we want to do is provide you with increasing opportunities to get together, to perform in concert. This does not mean we are going to give ourselves over to the goddess of “programs,” but we do intend to be collectively intentional about ways we can worship God, and serve our neighbors. These are the two great commandments, remember. And at the same time, we should remember we are a gospel people, which means that Jesus fulfilled these commandments for us, and we are privileged to tell others about it.

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