The Periodic Musings of Matt Davis

September 17, 2009

I hate all your show

Filed under: American Church — kcillini77 @ 2:06 am

Jon Foreman’s song about says it all, and it’s the reason we are very close to pulling the trigger on leaving our church.  The final straw came this week when, after a rousing rendition of “Living On a Prayer” our pastor asked us how many churches in Kansas City we thought started off the day with Bon Jovi.  I wanted to shout out, “Probably a lot, since singing formerly popular songs in church is the latest trend!”

Here’s the thing – I’m not prudish on music by a long shot.  I love rock and I find many “secular” songs to be more Jesus-centric than many “Christian” songs, so the use of any music that can help us glorify God in worship is alright by me.  What bothers me to no end is the fact that “worship” in most churches is truly a concert, with all eyes on a celebrity.  Our church of thousands spent almost TWO YEARS scouring the country for the “best” worship leader they could find.  The people who ably filled in during that time were obviously not quite good enough to cut the mustard long term.

Trust me, our dissent is not with the people or personalities involved.  It is the very soul of the church that is seeker and growth focused.  The trend is making our collective American church shallow and predictable – a regurgitation of our culture in the name of reaching others.  We’re done with it.  We know it’s going to be hard – we don’t want to flee back to tradition for tradition’s sake and start attending a church where families have their own pews.  But the church-growth paradigm has run its course in our family.  Please be praying for us as we make our slow transition.

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