the Friday pickle - what barriers need breaking in worship?

Posted by Craig Borlase on 10 June 2014

Have a look at this short video. It features a 12 year old boy living in Egypt, talking politics and sharing his opinions about the recent events in his homeland.

 

 

We're not posting this to promote a particular political view. We just like the fact that this unlikely candidate has plenty to say. Even though some would say he's too young, he's engaged. Whatever barriers hold back his peers, this guy doesn't obey them.

Which brings us onto worship and pickles and the fact that we seem to get stuck in certain grooves, seeing - or singing about - less that the full picture. We sing about God, but only certain parts make it into the lyrics. We sing about grace more than we sing about anger. We sing about Creation (His) more than we sing about destruction (ours). We sing about hope more than we sing about judgment.

We sing about the mission of the Church and the role of the Christian as well, but again, we heavily edit our selection. When did you last sing about the pitfalls and potential of money, the creeping nature of greed or the importance of us dealing with sins like lust, pride and rebellion? Are these words that Jesus spoke too hard for us to sing?

Worship can been described as 'the meeting place of culture and theology'. God's not stuck for things to say, and our culture's not short of things that need fixing. So what barriers do we need to break down? What topics do we need to start singing about?

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