Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A New Form of Worship War

From Stephen Miller, author of Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars. (I should have posted this two months ago).

Ours is a generation marked by war.

I’m not referring to a war with guns and tanks, though we have certainly seen our share of that as well. We are a generation that grew up witnessing the church fight over the very thing that was supposed to unite us: the worship of Jesus.
The Good Old Hymns vs. Modern Worship Choruses.
Organ & Piano vs. Those Demon Drums.
Few of us emerged from these consumerism driven worship wars of our younger years unscathed. Their impact has been profound, both personally and corporately.
Fast forward a decade or two and, at first glance, the worship wars that once plagued the church seem to have died down. So it might be easy to chalk it all up to a problem from a bygone era.
Until we walk out of a church service that didn’t meet our own standards.
We have become professional critics of corporate worship. We complain about everything.
The volume is either too loud, or not loud enough. The lighting is either too bright or not bright enough; too showy or too bland.
We grumble about song selection, saying things like, “They introduce too many new songs,” “Why do we keep doing the same songs over and over,” or “I hate that song.”
From key signatures to instrumentation; from the worship leader’s fashion sense to vocal tone – it’s all fair game for our consumer-driven critique.
We are the fast food slogan-slinging generation of “Have it your way.” We are American Idol’s panel of expert judges.
Read the rest here. Thoughts?