I don't consider myself a Christian, but I could probably be converted if I found a church that didn't feature a s#y rock band (not that it would
make much of a difference if they were any good) every Sunday. You're taking an aspect of the secular culture that is, in many aspects,
diametrically opposed to what you teach and infusing yourself with it. It might sound silly and petty, but I'm not joking. This noise
of the primary reasons I avoid "non-denominational" services like the plague. It's everywhere, and I just don't understand it (and it makes me
Let it be said that I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with pop music. As a musician (or someone who thinks
he's one), I will never
be able to divorce myself from it entirely. Nor would I want to--it's too much fun to play. Having said that, pop culture in general does glorify
many things to which I am deeply opposed (drug addiction, sexual promiscuity, etc.). I have to perform a certain type of mental gymnastic to justify
my participation in the whole thing--that I "use my music to reflect the decay of a corrupt system", that kinda contortion.
I can justify it to myself
and get away with it (I think), but I don't see how the Church is justified in making it such a dominant theme of
their worship services. I know they're trying to be "contemporary" and "socially relevant", so as to attract new people and retain the ones
they've got. I know they're trying to involve youth in positive ways such as music and other forms of art. I get that part. I really do.
is just not
"church" to me:
I can't see Jesus amidst the light show. If I want to go to a Pink Floyd tribute concert, I'll find one. I want a church
. Shouldn't it be a
quiet, reflective environment where you can hear the promptings of the Spirit? In that disposition, I suppose I wouldn't be comfortable in a black
Southern Baptist church either. But it's different. It isn't a professional production (most of the time) with video screens that cost what it would
take to feed a homeless family for a decade. There's isn't some spoiled seminary student greased in pomade and eyeliner who doesn't know how to
tune his $3K Les Paul.
I dunno. It just doesn't feel right to me at all. What do you guys think about it?
Oh, what prompted me to write the thread: a girl I met wanted me to go to her church. Long story short, I'm not going to her church.
*** Please don't turn this into a Christian-bashing thread. Anyone remotely familiar with my posting habits should know this is not intended as a rip
on Christian theology or belief. It is a genuine concern that holds me back from being more involved with your community, as silly as it sounds.