I have reflected on my friend’s comment and, though it does not sit well with me, I know there is truth to what he has said, especially after hearing today’s reading. True worship is more than religious ritual, going to temple every day (church) weekly, fasting, and listening to the scriptures. God does not want us to act pious when we have sins on our hands and in our hearts. He is not looking for us to go through a series of religious rituals and acts alone. There are many people who leave God, turn from his love, his compassion, and his grace at the door on their way out of church. I have seen and been one who has. Think about this as an example, have you ever swore or honked a horn when you’re cut off or not let in to merge. I have. ``I have also done this as I am rushing off from church on Sunday to run a seemingly endless list of errands. So, maybe it could have been me that one summer day, tearing out of our driveway beeping and screaming after being cut off as I left church. I certainly left my Christianity at the door after service once or twice.
The passage from Isaiah talks about the importance of helping others. It speaks of caring and doing more than just rituals to please God. Let’s take a look back at what the writer goes on to say. Isaiah talks about how acting compassionately for those in need is more important than fasting, correct worship, and the knowledge of doctrine.