I have avoided blogging about the topic of worship for a long time because for some reason, it causes some people to have conniptions. That, and I am also usually surprised to hear that Christ followers are even still yapping about this.
It’s certainly an important subject, but generally speaking, most Christians should probably unclench and just relax a little when discussing what’s appropriate for public worship services. It’s amazing to me that some individuals can turn something that should be the “ultimate uniter” into the “ultimate divider.”
But I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. I mean really, the first murder in the Bible was over an issue of worship, for crying out loud. And ultimately, worship was what Satan wanted from Jesus when he was tempting Him in the wilderness.
Apparently, Satan cares very much about worship, so it’s no wonder that it’s an issue that can lend itself to arrogant stances and self righteous indignation. I’m convinced that he still spends a lot of time stirring up the so-called “worship wars,” and regularly involves himself in many of the arguments about worship that happen between “brothers and sisters” in Christ.
It can also become a way to colossally miss the point.
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
The woman said, “I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am He.” John 4:23-26 (NASB)
Nothing quite like a dose of perspective.
So let’s talk about worship. But let’s also stay on track.
As a worship pastor for a span of about 18 years and as a senior pastor for another 4, I have picked up a few things along the way that may add a fresh perspective or two.
Relax, kids, it’s all going to be fine.
But I will be monitoring any comments very carefully, so remember to be nice if you want to add your 2 cents. And if you add much more than 2 cents, you really need to get your own blog…. 🙂