Just a quick link and a note since I’ve been traveling all day.
This is an interesting post comparing worship wars in Scripture to those of today. I think it is a worthy comparison.
I certainly agree that much of what takes place in the “worship wars” is silly (on both sides), but here’s the problem: the primary issue of disagreement is whether or not form is really all that big a deal.
Those on the more progressive side say no, so to compare fighting over form to fighting Muslims or Atheists seems ridiculous. And it is ridiculous if form is not all that significant.
However some of us believe that certain ways of worshiping, i.e. certain forms, do God such a great diservice that it is just as blasphemous as worshiping a false god; indeed, it is worshiping a false god.
So it makes sense to me that those who deny the critical importance of form would find it appealing to compare the worship wars of the evangelical church to idolatry.
But I think it is a comparison worth considering.