Confession: this post is not really about The DaVinci Code. I just thought I would capitalize on all of the hype to boost my blog readership. The more people that read my blog, the more important I feel (see yesterday's post). I am using the subject as a springboard though. If you haven't noticed, the American church is in an uproar lately about The DaVinci Code. IT'S DECEPTIVE! IT'S MISLEADING! IT'S FULL OF LIES! Ok, let's all calm down for a second. I'll admit that the book, while captivating, might come off as a bit deceptive. Historical fiction tends to intertwine true historical facts and circumstances with plain fiction. This is a sure fire way to deceive someone: tell them things they know to be true and throw in a few fallacies along with it. It's like those creepy people that slip drugs into cocktails. No one ever notices the poison taste. They think they are simply drinking a cocktail.
Tonight I came to a stunning realization. I was at a "worship" service when I noticed something far more disturbing than The DaVinci Code. Many of our contemporary worship songs are mixing truth and lies in the same way.
- I found myself singing of the majesty of God (true) and then telling God that I am HIS one desire (false).
- Three of the five songs had an over-realized eschatology.
- In one song I claimed that I was completely satisfied and that being a Christian was "enough" and in the next song I begged and pleaded with God to give me peace and help and comfort. Anyone sense a little discontinuity?
- Finally, the "worship" set was capped off by the ever popular song with the chorus "all of life comes down to just one thing, that's to know you Lord Jesus, and to make you known" Ok, I just have to say this...THAT'S TWO THINGS! I know it doesn't really matter but I can't get over it. Oh and it seems like maybe this should say "to love you Lord Jesus, and to make your love known" (just a suggestion)
I am tempted to say "oh this is just singing, it's not really that big of a deal" People who complain about worship songs get really annoying really fast. Fortunately I kind of like being annoying and today I think I'm in the mood. In my opinion worship songs are a proclamation of what we believe. Maybe we should start treating the doctrine expressed in some of these songs with the same amount of respect that we treat the creeds and prayers of the church (that's unhelpful for many of us in traditions that don't value "tradition" and therefore deny creeds and prayers ;0) I think we should be more disturbed with the fallacies we are teaching people through praise songs than with the fallacies that Dan Brown concocted in his admittedly fictional book.
Now someone will probably bring up the Psalms and say "people sang/said all kinds of exaggerated and seemingly inaccurate things about God and it's in the Bible." I will simply say "yeah well I don't really understand those and I will soon have a test score to prove it!"