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The Queen of England and Prince Philip visited San Diego in February, 1983. Wanting to worship Sunday, February 27, the Royal Pair chose St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to host them. Which surfaced obvious problems. While 580 seats were available, 800 of its 1000 members wanted to attend, in addition to many of the city’s British organizations. San Diego U-T, 2/16/83
A church committee decided to prioritize: regular worshipers who were also major financial contributors were the first invited. Less regular attenders of smaller financial contributions were next. Those with neither qualification didn’t receive invitations. Those bereft of the chance to worship with Royalty howled in protest.
They needed to wait only a week. For the following Sunday all 580 seat remained available in St. Paul’s. Did the leaders have to prioritize regular attenders over others that Sunday?
Sunday, February 27, 1983 people thronged St. Paul’s be able to worship God with human royalty. A week later, with only God Almighty present, very few of those flocked to services. What Jesus said in judgment of his critics in John 5:41-44 remains his critique of many religious people today: “How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?”
Yours for a faith that would prefer to worship with a few whose sole interest was praising God in Christ than with many there for any other reason.
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