In 2015, I had a post about an older hymn that I had never heard before: God of Grace and God of Glory. As I say in the post, it was written by Harry Emerson Fosdick, a liberal Protestant, so that would explain why it was not sung in my church background. There is one line in the hymn that is just bad! We did not sing that stanza, so I was unaware of the bad theological line until I got home from church and investigated the hymn. The stanzas we did sing were not a problem.
But the one line that is bad states: “Let the search for Thy salvation,
Be our glory evermore.” Our search for God is our glory? Uh…really?
I had not heard this hymn since 2015, until 2 weeks ago it was sung at the church I was visiting – and the bad stanza was sung. Sigh. I did not sing that line.
Then I happened upon a blog post and short video by prolific Christian author Randy Alcorn, and the problem of glorying in searching is addressed very well.
The brief blog post is here: When It Comes to God’s Truth, Searching or Being Sincere Isn’t Enough The video is in the blog post, but I will embed it here. It is only about 1 minute and worth your time:
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/234531647″>Finding the Truth</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/randyalcorn”>Randy Alcorn – EPM</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>