Thomas McKenzie wrote a thought provoking post on worship services and rock concerts.
“When rock concerts and worship services are indistinguishable, then we’re of this world, not just in it.”
Drawing Lines & Raising Questions
Where do you think the line is drawn between rock concerts and worship services?
McKenzie makes several good points. It’s a great read. In fact, I would go as far to say that his points should be considered by every worship leader in the church. Considering the history of worship leaders, primarily the first one worship leader ever, I think it’s prudent to take some extra care and safeguard one’s self.
McKenzie asks some probing questions:
- “If you are in a room that has been darkened with all the lights on a single person or small group, if you can only hear them and no one else, if one person’s face looks down on everyone from a tall screen, whom are you meant to worship?”
- “When you sing praise to God, why isn’t your voice good enough?”
- “Why does your voice have to be drowned out by a sound system?”
- “Why can’t you hear your neighbor sing?”
- “Why is it necessary to have a close up look at the preacher or singer on a giant video screen?”
Good questions, right?
Church Tech & Creative Arts
As we explore Church tech and creative arts in the Church on ChurchMag, we are always pushing and pushing to take things further and further. We want to do everything with excellence and we want to make our Father proud as we pour our heart and passion into everything we do. That being said, I think it’s also important that we don’t forget what worship is all about.
As Thomas McKenzie closes in his blog post,
“Rock concerts are designed to give you an emotional experience. Everything works together to entertain you. They want to make you feel good, to feel euphoric. You should have fun, and you should want to buy more product. Worship of the Christian God is not about fun, good feelings, entertainment, or euphoria. Worship is laying down our lives, honoring the God who died for us, and receiving his grace. That has nothing to do with rock concerts.”
This should be sobering for those of us that may have taken corporate worship where it doesn’t belong, and a reminder to the rest of us that we need to keep our eyes on Him.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this, where is the line drawn?