Wednesday, August 31, 2005

There is too much

There is too much "looking inside of me" that is going on in our evangelical and pentecostal circles. I get a bit weary with the praise and worship songs that focus so much on what I do for the Lord or what I do for God, how much I love him etc. The theme seems to be romantic in nature like one song I heard "I burn for you". I felt very uneasy as I listened to that praise song, notice how the focus is on the "I". Besides some of these modern songs are quite unreal, like we all know we did not love Jesus the way we should have this week and here we are standing and singing as if it was the song of our hearts. We know we did not spend time with him in prayer and Bible reading yet we sing songs on Sunday as if everything was alright.

I am so sorry but you will find me looking bored with those songs. It will be conducive if you lead me to sing songs about what God does and is rather what I am and will do for him, that is not the gospel. The gospel is about God's love for sinners.

Besides, God's people might have gone through some difficult times during the week and we expect them to simply turn on and "be happy" and the worship team are mad when the people look tired and spaced out. Hey get real. Stop cooking up a feeling and get them to facts, their feelings will come later, the fact is that God is good and wise so sing songs about that. Thanks

3 comments:

TC said...

As a worship band leader, I will agree that today's modern christian songs tend to do portray personal feelings to Christ more than usual. Though this may be good, we must remember that God is a sovereign almighty God as well. We should sing to glorify Christ as who He is - period. Not just how we feel about Him, because it is true that sometimes we don't feel what the modern christian songs says. Though I do not believe in discarding the new songs for their intentions of writing the songs may be noble. An example of controversial of music would be the Hillsongs music. Though they may have alot of personal songs, some can be biblical for example the song - "Jesus the same" which has great biblical lyrics about our Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe in our worship service we should have a balance of personal and direct songs for God. We can take David's example in the Psalms on how he cried out to God personally but acknowledged His sovereignty.

L P Cruz said...

tc,

Thanks for dropping a note. This trend on tipping the balance over to the personal has been going on for some time now. The romanticising of our faith is a sign of the culture we are in and it may not be the Biblical Jesus that is portrayed in the songs.
Consequently I have been more critical than appreciative lately and maybe this is an attitude I should change.

LPC

joel said...

Ultimately, what counts with God is the attitude of our hearts. Hymns are good, choruses are good, even instrumentals rock and jazz rhythms are ok, if done with the right spirit of humility and a contrite heart. We can jump or roll over with joy - but let's be right with God first.
David (the king) pranced around half-naked in his underwear all over the city, unacceptable in most circles, but God profoundly His beloved David's worship. Attitude, mate!!!