Hollywood or Holiness?
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Now all gifts and talents come from God. (Matt 25: 14-30, Rom 12: 6-8, I Cor 12: 1-11) The Bible also declares that God has created all things. () Just as Satan was gifted by God, but has been using his gifts ever since for his own gratification and glorification, so is every musician today the musician that he is only because the gift has come from God. The question becomes: What are these God-given gifts being used for and who is inspiring the music we write? For whose glory do we sing and play? Is it God who is inspiring the writer and the performer or is it the world, the flesh and the devil? The answer to that question will determine the outcome of the musical effort.
The movie Thats Entertainment tells
all about where
The Christian artist, on the other hand,
lives for God rather than for him or herself. He or she does not seek to entertain in
You may hate the music. You may love it. It may make you happy. It may make you mad. But either way it will stir you. You will find all music entertaining one way or the other.
There are many Christian performers who do not understand this inherent quality of music. Therefore, they take the admonition that they are not to be primarily entertainers but worshippers instead the wrong way. As a result they stand on the stage like wooden sticks. They bore you with their stoic presence.
Boring people do not reach people. Exciting people do, and as Christians we have a lot to be excited about. The idea is to communicate to people what God has given, and we cannot do this unless our audiences can see something in us that projects the aspects of the Christian life that make us different. How can they see our joy unless we show it to them? How can they experience our peace unless it is displayed? How can they know our sorrows and victories within trials unless we share them with our listeners? How can they understand our steadfastness in the faith unless we perform with conviction and real intent? How can they realize the truth when we are being dishonest with ourselves?
Worship is about putting everything that we are into everything we do. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. (Mk MKJV) Therefore, when the Christian artist finds himself in front of an audience, he ought to minister with every part of his being. The Christians whole heart should be put into the music. His or her whole body and soul must be involved in the effort.
Now I cant see how God can be worshipped through attention-getting gyrations, demonic exaltations, sexual behavior, cutting tongues so that you can lick your Adams apple and eating live chickens on stage. But with that understood, put all you have into your worship. If you are a dancer, then dance with all your heart freely expressing yourself unto Him. Dance for the Lord. If you sing and play with a whole lot of intensity, then dont hold back. Sing and play for the Lord. If you play with an attitude, then let that attitude come from a joyful heart that seeks to glorify God. Play for the Lord. If you walk around on stage to sing and play to other musicians, then do it with sincere love and a whole lot of heart. And if you sing Praise the Lord, make sure you mean it. Dont just do it by rote or because it is expected of you. Worship the Lord.
Remember that worship is not about the art. It is all about the heart. So you dont do it for show. You dont make yourself an American Idol. You do it all for God. And do it with enthusiasm.
The questions that follow are: What is it that you are seeking to do? Do you yearn after the attention of men or do you worship for the pleasure of God? Do you sing and play from the stage to captivate peoples hearts to yourself or do you seek to minister to their spiritual needs?
The second part of Jesus summation of the Law was: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mk 12:31b MKJV) What does that mean to you? Does it mean that you should be seeking your audiences worship or demonstrating to them Who to worship?
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