Can You (Personally) Worship God Without A Band or A Song?
I remember sitting in a church service as a young pastor explained why they were beginning a building project. “We are growing so fast, we do not have room to put everyone.” His assessment of the situation was correct. They didn’t have room for all the people who were coming. However, I thought his conclusion was wrong. Building wasn’t the answer.
I had attended for three months so I felt I had a good sense of the leadership and the congregation. I thought the answer was more basic: Start preaching Biblical messages, presenting the message of the Cross, instead of tickling everyone’s ears, and the space problem would be fixed. How, you ask? People would leave! (Insert a musical crescendo here for effect) Not the ones who already knew Christ, and not the ones who were actually being drawn to the Savior by the Savior. Just those who could care less. If you stop the entertainment, those who come to be entertained will leave. Space problem solved. (Maybe I should write a book called: “How to Make Room in the Sanctuary for All the People God wants To Send, Without Spending a Dime.”)
Thinking like this has led me to consider the question this post started with: Can YOU (the reader personally) Worship without a band or a Song?” Instictively, I think most of us would say “Why, of course I can!” I am talking specifically about when you gather with other believers to worship, week after week. Would you stay at your current congregation if they completely got rid of the band and the singing part of the service? Be honest, what would you do if your church got rid of the singing time for an entire year? If they replaced the singing time with some other elements that the church has historically used to worship, what would YOU do? In the words of the Clash, “Would you stay or would you go?”
Please take our poll at the bottom of this post. IMPORTANT: please be honest about this. Don’t choose what you think the right answer SHOULD be. Choose the answer that best describes what you would actually do. Once you vote, check out the results. Send a link to all your Christian friends. Let’s see what the body of Christ would do. Check out our earlier posts“Rethinking Contemporary Worship: Can We “Bring Him More Than a Song?”, “Is Worship Music a Gift or Has it Become our God?, “Does God Care How We Worship?” “When Did “Worship” Become the Singing of a Song?” for more thought-provoking discussion on this topic.
Posted on May 31, 2011, in Christianity, Contemporary Church Culture, Worship and tagged christianity, communion, faith, hymns, Not For itching Ears, Passion of the Christ, Purpose Driven, religion, seeker-sensitive, singing, worship, Worship Leading. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.