The Veil: Why do we keep hanging it up again?

Matthew 27:50-51

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

The Veil was a heavy curtain that separated sinners from the Holy of Holies (place for Gods presence). When Jesus yelled in a loud voice on the cross and gave up his spirit, the veil or curtain tore in half from top to bottom. Jesus’ death on the cross gave us direct communication with God and He demonstrated this by eliminating the curtain that kept us from the Holy one and His altar.

With that being said

Imagine a pastor demanding that a sign be put on the church altar saying:

“If you are female, and you are not wearing a skirt, please DO NOT step on the altar. Thank you.”

This is a true story.

 

THE VEIL

 

Imagine being told to shave your beard before playing the keyboard on the altar.

This is a true story.

THE VEIL

 

Imagine being told to practice off the altar because you are wearing basketball shorts.

This is a true story

THE VEIL

 

Imagine having confessed your sin to your pastor and being told that you can no longer participate in church activities because of…..sin?

This is a true story

THE VEIL

 

Think, if Jesus tore that veil, why are we stitching it up and hanging it again? It’s crazy that a lot of believers feel strongly about these legalistic conditions. I mean, I read the bible and take it for exactly what it says. Jesus tore this veil when He died for a reason. I recall the bible also saying that…you know…”it is finished?”

Honestly, there shouldn’t be any law or rules to participate on the altar. I can understand if a pastor was trying to emphasize on looking decent, conservative and presentable for The Lord, but who said wearing a skirt is the only way? If anything, pants can be less revealing.

Who said shaving your beard made you look more presentable? What if that’s the only hair you have? S/O to hubby.

Who said being a sinner should keep you off the altar? I mean, if you’re sinless, cast that first stone. Right? If I sin and repent, doesn’t the bible say that God remembers my sin no more? So why remember my sin and bring it up when it comes to my participation on the altar?

Why is it emphasized to tell the church authorities about someone else’s sin? Um…the bible doesn’t call us to be tattle tells. I mean, is it our job to reveal someone else’s sin in the first place? If that’s the case, are we not taking that job away from the Holy Spirit? Does it help the sinner in any way? Does it help the sinner reach higher levels spiritually if we point fingers, sit them down and demand that they endure shame and rejection for a mistake?

Who are we to do any of that?

“Oh God remembers your sin no more my child but I DO! Now take it like a man and accept 6 months of discipline!”

I’m not trying to be controversial; I’m just trying to make a point about the veil that Jesus tore because if we are going to emphasize on something so stupid like skirts, beards and sin, we in turn emphasize on a meaningless cross.

Seriously, don’t preach about forgiveness and some east to west and deepest part of the ocean stuff if you don’t apply it to people when it’s necessary.

What do you think?

image

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s