Another BS allergic reaction I started to get after many years of singing to a worship minister every Sunday was how crazy the lyrics are in these songs that were pounded into my capillaries every week. The song selections were so unbalanced, and some just flat-out weird.
This drove me absolutely bonkers, I got to the point I could not stand being at the worship service anymore. I am not putting down the worship minister as a person, but some of the stuff they would ok for the Jesus show was a bit odd.
The first thing about songs sung in church is that there is so much focus of either “I”, or “Me” in the songs. They are so individualistically** based. These songs are so self-centered. As long as each person has their own personal love affair with Jesus, no one gives a shit about each other.
Wake up people! We are not in community with one another.
Look at the roadways each day, typically one person per car, and most of them going to the same areas. Then, inside each car, the experience is highly customized (individual tastes). There is the exact temperature, adjustable lighting, and music availability to the liking of a solo driver.
Marketers love this. Mega-churches love this. We have come to think of ourselves as a collection of self-contained units, all able to get what we want without inconveniencing anyone else. Since most of the people live this way all week, why would people want anything less from “their” weekly worship service?
If everything else we consume is tailored to be this little bite-sized, individually packaged item to fit “our” needs, why not have worship songs sung that way as well?
We demand personal, individualized expression. And wherever there is demand for a product, supply is sure to follow. The product that is offered from the worship music industry is a preponderance of songs that is tilted strongly toward the individual. Don’t believe me, start actually examining the words sung in thousands of churches repetitively each week? It is a lot of me, myself, and I.
There is a second thing that brings me to a boil, or gives me boils as an allergic reaction. Jesus Christ is not my personal lover. I am not trying to court Him as my secret lover, and I am not singing songs to Him like He is my future prom date. Some of the lyrics sound down-right pornographic. “I want to feel you inside me”…. Give me a freakin’ break! What does that even mean?
Of course we see different perspectives of how Christ is to be revealed to us throughout Scripture, but one of them is not my bearded girlfriend.
I will leave you with an example… The song “Extravagant” by Casting Crowns.
“Your love is extravagant
Your friendship, it is intimate
I feel I’m moving to the rhythm of Your grace
Your fragrance is intoxicating in the secret place (secret place… where the heck is your nose?)
Cause Your love is extravagant
Spread wide in the arms of Christ (is this even legal?)
there’s a love that covers sin
No greater love have I ever known; You considered me a friend
Capture my heart again”
I swear these lyrics are drenched with sexuality, and just creeps the snot out of me. If you played this on a secular radio station you could easily mistake it for a sexy, kinky, love-making song.
What in the world is going on in churches each week?
** if this is not a word it should be.