In Honor of Saints

Yes, I’m wearing green today, though I only have a couple of articles of green clothing. Green is not my favorite color. So why is it a big deal that I’m wearing green today? It’s St. Patrick’s Day and wearing green is a tradition. If you don’t, you’re liable to be pinched by an offended leprechaun!
Who is this “Saint” Patrick anyway? Or the fellow we honored last month, “Saint” Valentine? I honestly don’t know much about either of them, but plenty of others do. There are many, in fact, who venerate these and other “saints.” To them, saints are people who have risen above the normal levels of faithfulness. They’re the super heroes of Christendom.
Why is there such interest in these saints? These lofty ones now provide additional means of getting the attention of God, we’re told. In many places drivers mount statues of St. Christopher on their dashboards, believing that the presence of his image gives an extra layer of protection as they travel. Praying to the saints, we’re told, increases your chances of receiving blessings from the Lord.
No such teaching can be found in the Bible. Saints are not the elite of Christianity; every Christian is to be a saint. Evidence for this can be found, for example, in Acts 9. At Joppa Peter performed a great miracle; he restored life to a dead woman. Luke wrote about what happened: “Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive” (Acts 9:41, NKJV).
According to some, there are relatively few saints to be found in any generation. Luke, however, noted the presence of two or more in one community. Paul, in Romans 15:25, spoke of saints being in Jerusalem; in the same letter he sent greetings to the saints in Rome (Romans 16:15). In virtually every letter Paul wrote, allusions are made to saints who lived in that location.
In opening his letter to the church at Rome, Paul wrote: “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” (Romans 1:7). Every Christian is called to become a saint. It’s not a mysterious concept. The word is from the same Greek root as “holy.” Simply put, God wants every Christian to become holy, separated from sin. Those who make that their goal are referred to as saints.
“Me? I’m no saint.” That’s often heard, but it shouldn’t be spoken by a Christian. No, we’ll never be perfect, but we should always be striving to keep our garments unspotted from sin (James 1:27). And the only one to whom we look for help from God is the “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Praying to a saint bypasses the route God established.
The Bible speaks often of saints. You can be one. You ought to be one.

2 thoughts on “In Honor of Saints

  1. Cliff: Thanks for your response. I’m afraid I won’t be able to help with your request, however. While I appreciate fine craftsmanship and am confident your instrument will be a work of art, I have no connections with magazines dealing with music that employ instruments. I am committed to following the instructions in the new covenant of Christ regarding music offered to God in praise. Those instructions make no mention of man-made instruments, but only refer to the instruments God has made – the voice and the heart (see Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; et.al.). If you’d like to discuss this further, let me know.

  2. Tim must have answered a post about the time we deleted it. It was spam about a guy making a guitar. His link didn’t work either. Tim was nice enough to reply. The editor was the mean guy who didn’t think it appropriate.

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