The Sophisticates/Less is More
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In the recording industry there is a saying that rules the day: Less is more. Even among the elite in music it is a mistake to attempt to do too much. Think, for example, of the continued popularity of the music from the 60s and 70s. When you listen back to much of this stuff you will hear raw music filled with passion and artistry. Many times you will actually hear mistakes that were left on the recording because the cut was so inspired.
Listen, for example, to the guitar
If all of our modern contrivances are so
necessary today, then explain the phenomena of Eric Claptons Unplugged album. Here
we have a recording that captivated the attention of
And this simple music that originated out
of the 60s and 70s still remains the most popular musical attraction in our
culture today. Therefore, a
There is a lesson in that for the church. New is not necessarily better. Its not about youth, but rather musical maturity and quality. Simplicity and excellence generally goes hand in hand. And when this musical excellence is expressed as worship to God it is nothing other than glorious.
Today many of the groups who rely on an overabundance of technological sophistication in their performances and recordings are covering up for the fact that they are bad performers. Its like the young kid who cannot play guitar so he turns up the distortion to cover up for his weakness while hoping in some way to sound good. Few of the performers today have the goods that the old rock and rollers from the 60s and 70s had. So, to make up for their inadequacy they use everything else under the sun to make them sound and look good. The result in popular music today is that technology has stripped it of its life, feeling, spontaneity and soul.
The same is true with the church, as this dependence on mans ingenuity has deprived it of its power. The reliance on gimmicks is actually a sign of spiritual weakness. As in the world special effects are covering up for a lack of artistry, in the church it is an attempt to make up for the lack of anointing. The anointing is lost when the dependence is on the capacity of man rather than the power of God.
For those American Idol fans, remember the competition in 2005? As the show progresses from week to week the vocal performances become more glitzy, showy and exaggerated. Towards the end of the completion that year, one of the performers, a rock and roller named Bo Brice, stripped himself of all the flutter and simply sang a song a capella. The performance was dramatic and inspiring. It is doubtful that any other performer on the show could have pulled it off, which is exactly the point. The true artist does not need all of the glitzy adornments. He just needs what God has given him.
In the same way a local church has the privilege of being lead by Mike Sampley, a very talented and anointed music minister. Through the years Mike has managed to put together a very dynamic music ministry in a very successful church. The worship team is quite developed and the church does utilize many of the technological assets that are available today. One Sunday morning, however, Mike, who has an outstanding voice, simply stood before the congregation to sing the great hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God a capella. With each verse he raised the key by a half step which resulted in one of the most dramatic and inspiring moments in that churchs worship life. There were no PowerPoint presentations or videos to be seen at that moment. This was not a performance. It was just Mike filling the room with praise out of a sincere and honest heart. It was real.
The anointed musician can do without all of the frills. It is only at that point that technology can become an asset. Take Billy and Franklin Grahams crusades. Because of the large venue the Grahams minister in, they do bring in the most advanced sound systems along with video projections to make sure everyone can hear and see. But from that point on it is just an old time gospel presentation. They simply feature talented and anointed musicians to lift up God in praise. Then they appear before the audience to preach the same basic salvation message with conviction that has defined the Graham ministries for decades. There are no extra attractions here. Just a man standing before thousands preaching the Gospel just as Peter did nearly two thousand years ago. And for decades the results have been the same with thousands coming forward to receive the Lord with every crusade.
The Grahams have learned to make technology work for them rather than putting themselves in the position where they are subservient to the technology. It is when technology accompanies the anointing rather than replaces it that technology becomes an asset. Technology is a good thing. But we need to let it serve us rather than becoming its servant.
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