As I stated in my last post ‘Does God want us to sing?’, Romans 13 does teach that we are to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Rom 13:1). The point being made here, is that in principle, the civil government is a good blessing from God, without which there would be anarchy. However, this does not mean that every law they make is one which has God’s approval. Think of how many babies are aborted “legally” and yet what Christian would agree that that law is good? So the same government which seeks to keep people alive by ordering them to wear face masks and not sing in church, have passed laws which allow the murder of children in their mother’s womb. I for one refuse to accept the underlying belief in this law, which is that my life is somehow more valuable than the baby’s in the womb.
Think of those whom God raised up to obey Him and in turn disobey the governing authority (local) at the time. Moses was raised up to lead God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. Daniel, who continued to pray in Babylon, Elijah who confronted Ahab, John the baptist confronting Herod, Peter and John who before the authorities, said that “we must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). These provide clear examples of God raising up people who will obey Him rather than the governing authorities, showing us that there is an exception to the rule.
This argument (singing or not singing) is based firstly on the idea that Christians will want to sing and secondly that we are told that we can’t by the governing authorities. However, what if the opposition to singing in Church are with those who belong to the church. What if their main argument is that we should not sing as a means of showing charity to believers. How should we address this issue? That will depend on their reasoning for not wanting to sing. Whatever the reasons are, it remains the case the Christian life is one of self-denial, where Christians throughout the world have demonstrated a willingness to lose their life for the sake of worshipping God,. Therefore, it seems that we should rather do the right thing that proceedes from faith, rather than the wrong thing, which does not proceed from faith.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God and those who seek to reduce the worship of God through His church, fail to recognise that it is our worship of God in our gatherings, that God works through, and changes the world. While we can recognise that a follower of Christ can pray without opening their mouth, it will not be something that the rest of us can say our Amen’s. So let’s think through what all this means. If we can’t sing together when all of us are facing the back of the person in front of us, how can we speak to each other face to face? If we cant sing, how can the preacher be expected to proclaim the word of God ( video recording?). If we cannot go back to worshipping God according to scripture, then what will it be according to? Why then someone might ask, don’t we just go back to the way it was (not exactly the way it was) before the lockdown? I’m willing but are there any followers?