The Dancing Puritan

Friday, December 7, 2012

How I Became a Dancing Puritan

Do All To the Glory of God

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (I Cor. 10:31).

A number of years ago, at a friend's home in Maryville, TN, I picked up and began reading a little devotional book by John Piper that contained a chapter: "How to Drink Orange Juice To the Glory of God."  It is interesting, in the providence of God, how a couple of paragraphs in a small devotional book, had a transformative impact on my thinking.  I had often quoted the Westminster Shorter Catechism's first question and answer:

Q.  What is the chief end of man?
A.  Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Yet, even though I knew and believed the catechism question and answer I did not really understand much about the practical outworking of what it means to glorify God.  Glorifying God was about big things like congregational worship and missionary activity.  I had not given much thought to glorifying God in the mundane things of life--like drinking orange juice.

That evening in, Maryville, TN, my life began to change.  The wall between the sacred and secular lost a few more bricks.  Increasingly it became clear to me that we are to bring God positive glory in everything that we do.  And that God can be brought positive glory in anything that is not sinful.  God can be glorified not only in biblical preaching but in singing, dancing, eating and drinking.  My journey to becoming a dancing Puritan began on that night.

Earlier this week I read The Art of Shaving by Jesse Johnson.  Jesse had an unexpected conversation with Dr. Albert Mohler.  Here is part of the exchange:

“Excuse me, Dr. Mohler,” I asked. “I teach a Bible study of college students. If you had one lesson for the men of this generation, what would it be?”

“Teach the young men the art of shaving,” he replied. “You have to start young, or it will be too late.”
The art of shaving!  Yes, God can and should be glorified even in shaving.  I must admit that I will feel a bit guilty the next time that I shave with my 99 cent disposable razor.  Yet I will remember that whether I eat, drink or shave to do all to the glory of God.  What else can a dancing Puritan do?

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