Saints: A Few Thoughts
In a former post, I commented on my fascination with the Saints of Church history. What about the idea of asking the Saints, those holy people who have passed from this plane of existence, to pray for us? There was a time when I considered that blasphemous to “talk to dead people”. Isn’t that necromancy?
I’ve had it explained to me by apologists somewhat like this: The Saints are not “dead”. They are alive in Christ and are members of the Church. How many have asked brother or sister so-and-so to pray for them with the confidence that their prayers would be heard? Likewise asking a living servant of God who dwells in God’s presence to pray for us is just as, perhaps even more, valid.
Some may use the term “pray to the saints”, but that can be misleading, implying that there is worship, the worship due to God alone. That’s not the case. It’s an address and a formal appeal to a great and holy fellow servant.
What about veneration? Is that worship? Hardly. We often render due honors to great men and women who exist in this “tabernacle” without any thought whatsoever that it is worship. Whenever we applaud a musician for a great performance, is that worship? I don’t think so. It’s somewhat like that with venerating Saints, their relics or icons.
It has often occurred to me that many professed Christians are quick to judge these traditions that are far older and more widely accepted than the presuppositions of the Protestant Reformation.