So What Do You Do For A Living?

From Dan Nuckols’ cartoon series C2it.

UPDATE: Just after I posted this, I saw that Bo Sanders had blogged almost simultaneously about contemporary worship music, focusing on “How He Loves” as an example. While that is an easy song to pick on, I’m not sure whether I agree with his insistence that lyrics always need to be clear and unambiguous. I wonder whether that view of lyrics actually reflects the (in my opinion, problematic) view that theology offers clear statements to which we assent, rather than symbols which point to a transcendent mystery.

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  • Brian P.

    In a megachurch I’ve listened up to forty minutes without any specific reference to Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Jesus or any allusion to any distinctively Christian doctrine. I don’t think that the problem is that the lyrics lack clarity. Personally, I think it’s more so that they lack robust theological and pedagogical awareness and intentionality with richness of loyalty to a set of texts, traditions, and symbols. To build on the stereotyping, Mr Cartoon Worship Leader looks like he works for a megachurch. Or if he doesn’t, he looks like he attends their worship conferences and wants to be a worship leader like those he sees on the big stage. It’s kind of like cheering has become a sport in its own right and the cheerleaders are cheering for their own cheering. “Oh wasn’t worship awesome tonight!” one says to another. That the cheering was once for One who made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness, and that we are baptized into Christ and His death, crucified with Him, united in His death and resurrection, and no longer slaves to sin, bringing all things under heaven and earth under this authority, making all things new; these things have been lost. Week after week, I sit in song service after song service puzzled how those around me are fulfilled by such a religion that seems to parallelly exist in the shadow of another.