The Holy Kiss
I’ve been thinking about this a lot. James said the holy kiss was a custom, and it’s not an imperative for the church today. However, it really interests me that he makes this distinction, because it sounds pretty arbitrary. “I don’t want to greet with a kiss, so I’ll ignore that imperative and give a holy handshake.”
Now, given, the kiss of greeting is more of a Middle Eastern way of greeting. However, the word that really piques my interest in this is the adjective “holy”. Paul doesn’t say “Greet each other in the traditional way – with a kiss”, he says, “Salute each other with an holy kiss.” HOLY. That means that there must be something special to it.
It’s also found in the following passages: 1 Cor 16:20; II Cor 13:12; 1 Thess 5:26. And Peter mentions to engage in a “kiss of charity” (1 Peter 5:14).
It’s there five times, and for some reason the Church of Christ ignores it, and justifies their ignoring by saying it was a tradition or custom. It seems a whole lot more of an imperative than some of the other bags they put on people’s backs.
Methinks this is a pretty big inconsistency on their part. And if they are so unapologetically inconsistent with this, I think that it’s an imperative that the people in their viewing audience search all of their teachings to find where other inconsistencies lie.
Sola Dei Gloria!