"Do we really need all this crap?": A year later

Some of you might be familiar with the thread that I started last year entitled "Do we really need all this crap?" I wanted to bring the thread to the forefront of WTR because I believe it has generated a lot of good discussion about a subject that behooves every church musician to consider. I.e. What do we really need to worship God.

The disscusiton has generated many exelent comments by WTR members and I encourage you to read through each of them. I have included my conclusion on that matter in this post. Read and enjoy and let me know what you think.

Sorry if the name of the post offends by the way... Didn't really think about that a year ago.

Follow this link to the original thread: http://www.worshiptherock.com/group/worshipguitareffects/forum/topi...

My Conclusion

I started this thread well over a year ago... And for the better part of this past year I have been reading it more then I have been participating in it. I think, however, I have come to a conclusion on the matter which I thought I would share. So here goes...

In my high school geology class my teacher posed a question... She asked us what we needed to live. She had us write our answers down and hand them in. Out of a class of 30 students there was one student that answered, food, clothing, and shelter. Other answers... Computer, TV, hairdryer, makeup.... Seriously, I am not making this up.

In Western culture we have become fixated on luxuries and in our UNneed have elevated them to the level of need. We say we are hungry and then we order a pizza... But the reality is we have never known hunger... I.e. The depletion of our physical resources because of malnutrition. What we know is appetite. This is hunger...

I think my high school anecdote provides a good illustration for the church as well. In our churches there is a great deal of stuff that we apply the word "need" to that I am not so sure merit the use of the term. Can we truly say... we need a projector... we need new carpet... we need a new sound system... Can I truly say I need a new guitar... Can we really apply the word "need? to any of these things? I think not... And nothing has illustrated this more for me then this picture...

These women are Haitian believers worshiping out front of their church building which was destroyed in last years earthquake. With eyes closed and heads bowed they are making the most of what they need and have. In spirit and in truth and nothing more they are worshiping their God in Heaven.

This thread has always been more philosophical then practical for me... I am really more concerned with the meat of the matter and our heart conditions then I am its practical implications for a Sunday morning service. For me it goes back to my original question... "How do we praise God with the equipment He has given us without committing idolatry in the process?" I think the answer lay in our understand of need...

Fanny Crosby wrote, "my hope is built on nothing less then Jesus love and righteousness." She used the words "nothing less" because her hope could not possibly be built on anything more because there is nothing more then God. However, I think our faith can often be contegent upon things other then God. I think for many of us the gifts of God trump God Himself... Ask yourself, "how do I respond when God takes away gift?" Do you respond like Job, with praises? Or like Jonah, with anger?

For me this thread was never about whether or not I would give up my gear or whether or not I can merit its use. It has always been about the basic needs of worship and whether or not I am able to say with Paul, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." (Philp 4)


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Comment by Worship The Rock on December 15, 2010 at 7:17am

Thanks for this Daniel - great post!

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