Hollywood or Holiness?
For the Love of the Fans
Tags: Church Growth, Church Growth Movement, Church growth consultants, Hey Joe, Personality, Brigadoon, Cal state Long Beach choir, American Idol, Hollywood, People Magazine, Michael Jackson
For me the love for music came early. As soon as I could walk I was running every morning to my parents old 78 record player that spun huge thick records lasting only a few minutes. I can remember the needles would only work for a few plays, but the record player had with it a cup of replacement needles that I would diligently replace as soon as the sound quality deteriorated to a level that made my favorite recording Hey Joe un-listenable. It was not long before we graduated to a 45 player. What a revolution that was! Now I could stack about ten 45s for about 30 minutes of uninterrupted listening ecstasy. As a result of these early musical experiences the ham in me developed early. And so with enthusiasm I would perform Personality, my favorite song at the time, for my approving family on every important occasion.
It was in junior high that I began to get serious about music and joined the boys chorus. And then it was on to high school to sing in various choirs and chamber singers. When I had the opportunity to sing the lead roll in the school musical Brigadoon it was the apex of my high school music career. Then getting accepted into the prestigious Cal State Long Beach choir made life even better.
As much as I was exhilarated about how music was developing in my life, there was still a serious social deficiency looming over my head. When you are a music student in high school you are not exactly in the center of the popular crowd. Its not like you have girls hanging all over you because you sing in the madrigal group. To fill the void I would find myself in my bedroom listening to long play recordings of my favorite artists while pretending that I was in front of the same crowds that filled the concert halls where they performed. Because of that experience I learned to play air guitar at a very young age.
During those quiet years I used to hang out with some friends in the marching band. Every weekend we would go to dances at the local Millikan High Canteen in the hopes of finding ourselves dancing with young girls who would go gah gah over us. But in those says being a geek did not carry with it the prestige that it does today.
Finally we found a light at the end of our musical tunnel. Probably one of the main reasons why we didnt have a lot of luck getting a girl to dance with us was that we were too busy looking at the band. We couldnt help but notice as we stared ahead in awe at the musicians, that right in front of them there was always a crowd of girls congregating in their usual gawking manner. After the night was over and we were left to go home alone with ourselves once again, we would look over our shoulders to see those enchanted groupies hovering over the band members just to get a moments time with their idols. Thats it, we concluded. We need to start a band.
After years of hard practice we eventually saw ourselves on that same stage that we had coveted for all those years. But it took so long to grow your hair! We still looked too much like those all-American geeks who never had success off the stage. So for the time being, the social results on the stage were much the same as we had found in the rest of life. I can remember after every gig our drummer would look out into the empty hall completely devoid of admirers and exclaim in a sarcastic manner, Back groupies!
However, eventually our hair grew out and
everything in that arena of life changed. We finally had met our goal to find ourselves
amongst enough groupies of our own to satisfy our egos. And then there were the young
aspiring artists who would come up to us as we had done years before just to rub shoulders
with us and gather their own inspiration. And the cycle continues on-and-on.
Whether it is in rock or classic music,
most people who get involved in music do so as much for the attention they can get as
their love for music itself. If it isnt for the adulation of rock groupies, it is
for the attainment of the prestigious first chair designation in the orchestra
among other things. Virtually every musician has in one way or another been deeply
affected by the
Most musicians are very susceptible to the call of success and glory. Since the desire to perform for people rather than to God so dominates many musicians egos, it is imperative that church leadership abstains from aggravating the problem. Like leading an ex-alcoholic to a bar, when you direct a musician to entertain rather than to worship, you are enticing him at the point of his greatest weakness.
Therefore, it is in the lives of those who serve in the church that growth consultants can do the most damage. For they say its all about entertainment in order to lure people into the church. Yet performing as an entertainer is the very point at which most musicians fall into the worship of self. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! (Matt 18:6-7)
Because of misleading advice, the church
continues to adapt to its culture while slumping into the
The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will exalt Him. (Ex 15:2 MKJV) The plain and simple fact is that music in the church is to be utilized exclusively for the worship of God. But when you think about it, all music leads to one form of worship or the other. Consider those who are playing music today. When you consider the pop-rock stars, what is the result of their musical efforts? Is it self-adulation? When you look through People Magazine or the tabloid rags found in the newsstand this fact becomes self-evident.
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