Christian Porn

I came across a friend’s blog post this morning about worship music. The following is my comment:
“An entire generation of Christians has grown up under the idea that worship is 1) music, 2) professional quality, and 3) ecstatic every time. Worship music becomes porn… immediate release, transcendence, and ecstasy. God seeks obedience (true worship) more than temple rituals. What continues to occur throughout history is that the rituals/liturgy gets substituted as the end rather than a means. Liturgy is intended to create a space. Instead it becomes our idols of wood and stone.”

I love our liturgies. I think that we have a lot to learn from the ancient traditions and rituals. Finding a way to reincorporate these dusty relics is a very important task of our time. I would say that the liturgy instructs us and forms our imaginations in the Christian narrative. However, I wonder what narrative the instant gratification culture of contemporary liturgies is generating. My problem is not with change or new (you all know that I love things to always be in flux). But I do have a problem with the storytellers. Even the use of so much “I” language in worship worries me. What happened to “we” language in worship? “This is the air I breathe.” I like the idea and message of the song, don’t get me wrong. But I wonder why it, and most other modern songs, have such an individualist focus to them. I worry about the professionalism in the “worship department.” I worry about having too much high quality, too much technology, too much stage…. I could keep going. As my friend said in his post, it is time that we get rid of the music for a season and just read the Psalms– the ultimate worship book!

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