Church is Bringing Serving Back… and Back Again?
This video has been making the rounds. I swiped it from Matthew Turner. One commenter noted, “I’m really really trying to be less judgmental and critical, so I won’t say much. But I can’t ignore how uncomfortable it is to see middle aged men trying to channel Justin Timberlake. *shivers*”
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Now, what many of the posters have failed to note concerning this video is that it is derivative and an almost exact copy of another church a few years earlier… except the older one is done “better.”
Recorded and performed by BP and the Maitre D’s of Community Christian Church.
I’ll leave any comments between the two videos up to you guys and gals on this one.
As I read John’s account, I keep coming back to a peculiar incident that interrupts the progress of the meal. “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power,” John begins with a flourish and then adds this incongruous completion: “so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.” In the garb of a slave, he then bent over and washed the grime of Jerusalem from the disciples’ feet.
What a strange way for a guest of honor to act during a final meal with his friends. What incomprehensible behavior from a ruler who would momentarily announce, “I confer on you a kingdom.” In those days, foot washing was considered so degrading that a master could not require it of a Jewish slave. Peter blanched at the provocation.
The scene of the foot washing stands out to author M. Scott Peck as one of the most significant of Jesus’ life. “Until that moment the whole point of things had been for someone to get on top, and once he had gotten on top to stay on top or else attempt to get farther up.. But here this man is already on top–who was a rabbi, teacher, master–suddenly got down on the bottom and began to wash the feet of his followers. In that act Jesus symbolically overturned the whole social order. Hardly comprehending what was happening, even his own disciples were almost horrified by his behavior.” (Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew, pp. 191-92)
I’m not necessarily sure “Random Acts” is the fulfillment of, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” I’m thinking more “Intentional Acts” would be closer to the service that should be “brought back.”
However, “I’m bringing clothing the poor and feeding the hungry back” doesn’t really fit the meter of the original song!
But hey, baby steps right?