Thursday, April 17, 2008

An Industry to Cover Reality.


7 comments:

Farmer said...

I like that he addressed it as a business with consumers.

It reminds me of the Easter message my old home church had this year.

"if you really believe, you'll sell the product (Salvation in Jesus Christ) and be the best salesman God has."

:::: Travis Keller :::: said...

could you be a little bit more clear on where you stand here? i don't want a plethora of readers to embrace an idea that you are not supporting or condoning due to accepting one of the several possible meanings of your comment.

tom joad said...

worship music makes me want to vomit, mostly. i guess that is disconcerting, but i just don't "get it", anymore.

Farmer said...

I agree with McLaren here. I do believe there has been a manufactured "experience"-"feeling" driven, satisfying nature of worship.

I also agree that I am most challenged in the presence of God, when I am observing a film, song, or piece that is challenging the way I think, live, or just am.

stephanie mary said...

i thought it was funny that at the end of the video, it listed a website... after all this talk about business, consumers, industry, etc...
aren't we all guilty of these things?
i'm not condoning the fact that worship has become, in some cases, "an industry to cover reality." but me not being "real", genuine, honest, vulnerable in my everyday living is just as bad as a worship leader promoting Jesus like a color TV. what am i promoting?

tom joad said...

hey - i did get to hear a choir sing a worship song last night, in the South African language, that I genuinely liked. so that is good news.

otherwise, i still prefer Bonnaroo.

and i agree with Stephanie. we love to promote ourselves, which is at the heart of "industry", it seems. or facebook.

Daniel Coutz said...

I started to leave a comment, but it was getting to long to be a comment so I just wrote a post.

www.achristianonfoot.blogspot.com

Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."