Praise & Worship or Free Concert?

The Christian music industry has come under fire recently for multiple scandals and various controversial stances. Between Pastor Carl Lentz’ firing over his moral failures and Hillsong’s progressive LGBTQIA stance, heated debates have broken out as to whether Christians should be singing their songs, as well as other progressive leaning groups such as Bethel and Elevation Worship.

This trivial debate only distracts from the larger problem. Instead of concerning ourselves with who penned the worship songs we enjoy, we need to examine our hearts as to why we’re singing them. As long as the song is based in Biblical truth, I am going to sing it. I happen to love a lot of the music produced by the previously mentioned groups. Do I agree with all of their principals? Absolutely not. Is my allegiance to THEM when I’m singing their songs? Absolutely not. When I’m singing a worship song, my allegiance is to the only one I worship and that’s Jesus Christ.

My controversial take on this topic is that the modern church seems to have a performance driven agenda, rather than worship. If you’ve seen YouTube videos of popular contemporary Christian songs, you know what I mean. Strobe lights, smoke machines and hype men are for concerts, not church. You don’t attend church to be entertained. But therein lies the problem – the modern Sunday service caters to your flesh. A super talented musician gets you hype then a super woke pastor gets you motivated then they send you on your merry way to lead a life that looks exactly like the rest of the world. That is the broad way, friends. Matthew 7:13-14 tells us “wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

A true heart of worship is required for the narrow way. By definition, to worship is to show reverence and adoration for someone or something. The focal point of our worship should be God and God alone. The words we say, the actions we make should draw the attention to Him, not our own self. We are offering ourselves to Him. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through him let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” We are not called to only worship Christ with our singing, we are to worship Him throughout our lives. Every action should bring glory to Him and to our ultimate calling of winning souls for His kingdom. True worship will draw you nearer to His heart and inspire you to step out in boldness for Him. In all things, ask yourself, will this draw me to Him or lead me astray?

When you allow yourself to get distracted by the agenda of society, you lose sight of what is truly important. This media firestorm has done nothing but assist the enemy in accomplishing one of his goals. Satan will use anything to bring division amongst the church. We are instructed, in Romans 16:17, to watch out for those who cause division and create obstacles. As Christians, we are the body of Christ and though we may serve in different capacities, we are collectively called to further His kingdom.

Stay focused on Him, friends. He is our light in this dark world.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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