If you’ve ever ridden in a boat you have at some point enjoyed both the smooth waters & the choppy waters. Both water-types offer something enjoyable and leisurely. The smooth waters offer a smooth & pleasant ride while the choppy waters offer a bumpy & surprising ride.
But have you ever tried to ride someone else’s waves from their boat? This can be an interesting ride as well, but you’re dependent on their waves instead of making your own.
I wonder if the Church has depended on culture & the congregants opinions on worship for too long now? Are we trying to ride the waves of culture & society in the ways that we worship or do not worship?
Could it be time that we make our own waves according to what drives us? I believe so. So does Scott Aniol who has authored a tremendous book on worship. However, his book is not worship preferences, styles or concepts of modern worship.
His book is a look back at the Old Testament to where Israel was in a foreign land & had a choice to make. By looking back, Aniol believes it will help us move forward in faithful worship of the Living God.
The implications of worship styles as attempting to draw people or bring people in are dangerous. Who is it that we are worshipping if we change styles to suit generations or crowds? There is absolutely nothing wrong with multiple worship styles, because I believe the Lord is a Lord of variety in instruments, cultures and genres. However, we are not like God in that we can change styles and still focus on Him. We like to change styles to focus on what we like, then we end up dethroning Him in our hearts and that leads to confusion and inconsistent worship.
I was moved by Aniol’s book because of it’s biblical roots and how worship is about God and not about man, ever.
I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.