Does Your Worship Music Resemble Cruise Ship Karaoke?

This was such an on-it post from another blog, I had to re-blog it here. In less words than I often use, invoking a paradigm I’d not even THOUGHT of, he’s made a point that is especially relevant to too many of us church musicians here in the UK on the contemporary spectrum – who seem to be unable to create our own music to a standard that is consistently worth hearing and as such depend on US praise-and-worship for every little thing!

At risk of being accused of artificially constructing a race/culture divide, my experience here in the UK (and I’m more well-travelled than most) is that you are FAR more likely to find some original worship music in white-and-mixed evangelical churches (which do more the CCM-type-vibe) than you do in black-and-less-mixed Pentecostal churches (which do rather more African-American gospel music)… And unfortunately for my fellow Seventh-Day Adventists, if there is one word that cannot possibly characterise the music in the VAST majority of our churches here in the British Union Conference, it is ‘original…’ and our attempts to copy the Americans are – well – varied in the extreme!

See what you think for yourselves!

Does Your Worship Music Resemble Cruise Ship Karaoke?.

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2 comments on “Does Your Worship Music Resemble Cruise Ship Karaoke?

  1. David Keyes says:

    Originality! Hmmm… interesting line of thought when applied to worship. Let’s diverge, hopefully you’ll see the connection at the end.
    What is worship? Question with an infinite number of conclusions! I’ll let you refine the definition for yourself with a few questions. Obviously it is something that humans do. More importantly: is it an activity of our own invention or is it a response? Do we see it more the way David and some other OT leaders did, or more like Moses and Daniel? Is our response one of singing and dancing, or falling on our faces like dead men? Could our view of worship reflect how clearly we see God, how well we understand “I AM”? Could it also be affected by how clearly we see our self and our condition? Are we overwhelmed with joy at what we observe or overcome with the reality of our helplessness? Might that change from time to time? And most importantly: does an understanding of these things lead us to bring the offering of Cain or the offering of Abel?
    These are not questions to inspire a debate because in general almost no one will change their mind because of the outcome. They are simply questions that we need to answer for ourselves if we have a desire to truly worship God. After all, He is the one we are trying to impress with our worship (Isn’t He?).

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