Having grown up a small church, I can understand that a person would like to “advance themselves” and grow because people want to progress and get bigger (improve from the past). However ,we should be asking ourselves is asking the question, “At what cost?”. Once our goals are to inflate our egos so we can see a bigger congregation and are only about the numbers, we have lost the point! We’ve then have reverted back to becoming conformed to the world. (Which is exactly the place where we did not want to be in in the first place!)
Corinthians 13: 1 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” Our worship has to be our loving response to the Lord because anything else is just noise!
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18. I noticed the word, unveiled, in the verse and had a new thought that I never did before. I realized that we were in shame and we were full of blame before Jesus came and because of Him, we can be blameless and unveiled! We now are perfect in His sight because of Christ and therefore are transformed into the same image from glory to glory.
We always look to what we can gain out of what we do. Society has conditioned us to have the consumer mentality and only invest in ideas or projects that will earn us back something (which can flow into our Christian walk). I am challenged now as a worship leader even that when I lead, that if the congregation doesn’t respond the way that I envisioned, I will still glorify my God because my aim is to glorify Him alone!
I’ve gone to an audition before, but as a supporter. Having gone through it today, even though it was a Christian one, it just didn’t feel good.
I guess the “business” of it all gets to me. Having to be “groomed” and tailored so that you have “marketability” just makes things so unrealistic to me.
So when is this about the music again? I know we have become a society where image is everything but I’m not so sure I really care anymore about being the “it factor”. That’s right, I said it. I don’t care anymore. If being an artist makes you have this warped sense of being, then I’m out.
I love music and I have a passion for it. I just don’t need it to be EVERYTHING that I am. Because truthfully, there is more to me than that.
I believe these two things go hand in hand. If a person has a lot of talent, but isn’t motivated or excited, then no one would really enjoy what that person is doing. Same thing if you have a lot of passion but no talent, the outcome isn’t a very pleasant performance.
Let’s take Ke$ha for example. (she needs a dollar sign to distinguish that she is different from the other Keshas of the world…hehe jk) I mean, her music is catchy and all but why does she have to show that she has passion by acting like a ditz? This is an example where her talent is thrown out the window.
Lesson of the day kids: You need to have both aspects of passion and talent because there is so much bad noise out there that we call music.
Recently I had a conversation with a pastor and told him that I was thinking about becoming a Worship Pastor. He replied “but you have to be very good at guitar…”
I said, “What about Darlene Zschech from Hillsong?”
"Oh, she has a very good voice."
It makes me think about how much even worship has changed within the last decade. Have we become all about “the performance”??
It’s sad to say but I think the answer is leaning towards yes. I for one am always trying to improve on my skills but I think there’s a point when we start worrying about guitar solos vs the real reason about why we’re there in the first place.
Time for a QC. (Quality Check) Are we truly leading people into worship or are we all about “showing off our right to be on stage”?