Worship Wars

Recently, I hear of so many churches that are engaging in a battle over contemporary worship music against the traditional hymns.  Churches are dividing over the issue, pastors are under attack, and unsaved people are becoming fed up with the church in general (even more than they already are) over the buzz.

This is why I hate the worship wars…

  1. We are fighting over how to worship God – Am I the only one who sees how ridiculous the fight over how to worship the Lord is?  Shouldn’t we be excited that people are singing to the Lord from their hearts regardless of style?
  2. Different worship defines different personalities and people groups – You would think that with the different personality types there would be different ways to worship.  Different worship styles define people groups that have accept Jesus Christ and are worshiping with music.  God made many people with many different personalities.  Remember, we were created to worship Him and that is us personally giving back to God.  I firmly believe that style defines personality and cultural people groups in the area.
  3. We loose sight of evangelism – When the unsaved see people in the church fighting over worship styles they want nothing to do with what’s taking place inside.  Furthermore, they want nothing to do with Jesus.  When we fight over worship, we communicate a non-verbal message with the non-churched that harms the gospel.
  4. Worship wars prevent focus on important issues – There are bigger battles to face than the music issue.  We should be focused on how people are coming to know and grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

How are you overcoming the worship war?



3 Responses to “Worship Wars”

  1. 1 Mike August 21, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Worship is not about music styles. Merrian-Webster dictionary describes worship as: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence. Nowhere in the definition does it mention music. A lot of times the best worship I have is when it is absoultely quiet. I think people have hung their hats on the music element and assigned it the term worship. Take a look in the Old Testament and see how they worshipped.

    Some people express their reverence by using music to worship God. That is fine, but measuring music to worship God is a dangerous method.

  2. 2 Matt August 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    bickering over music style in the church reveals a spirit of selfishness among the people…like you said, j, we lose sight and perspective…at that point we stop worshiping God and worship the music instead…it’s sad

  3. 3 Buy a car online August 22, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I read a simliar post just the other day by Sandra Kosineck but yours is much better.

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