Posted by Craig Borlase on 21 November 2014

These are strange times that we’re living in. Ebola has kicked off a pandemic of fear and the rise and rise of Islamic State has brought the plight of persecuted Christians to our screens in shocking detail. Even the Pope says so, with a recent article claiming that he beileves World War III has already begun. Whether you agree with him or not, it's clear that there's an awful lot of suffering going on right now. And it's also clear that we in the wealthy west have the potential to do something to help.  

Is God silent on these matters? Does He have no desire to use His people to bring His hope, His healing and his love to the persecuted, the sick, the abandoned? So why shouldn’t worship leaders play a part in that, whether it’s through intercession, through songs that stir our compassion or simply by having the guts to leave space for God to move, speak and direct as he wishes. We're not talking party politics here, but the bigger stuff; the kind where Christians unite and find their voice to change the world, just as we did with the slave trade and the appalling treatment of children in the Victorian era. The church needs to find its voice on todays horrors, and worship has a part to play in that.

Eugh. Maybe the very thought of all that makes you shudder. Aren’t those matters best left to politicians and humanitarian types with big beards and sensible shoes? Hasn’t politics done enough damage whenever it has entered the pulpit over the last decade or so? Doesn’t it just leave us divided and depressed? Yes, you agree that we should be concentrating on the things that we have in common, but those things are bigger than what's going on here on earth. Isn’t it the duty of the worship leader to help people fix their eyes on God - the eternal one, the Lord on His throne that sits high above our sin and failings? Aren’t we supposed to be joining in with the endless Hallelujahs, not getting dragged down by the groans of a fallen world?

What do you think?

 

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