Sunday, February 13, 2005

Speaking with a new and authentic voice

Brad at 21st Century Reformation comes down against cultural tyranny in the ongoing debate about worship styles. The church, he says, should not romaticize worship styles of previous generations:

When we do this, we alienate the present generation and rob them of their opportunity to speak with their own voice. True spiritual renewal and authentic beauty only comes from a free heart that expresses transcendent values of the gospel in their own voice. Jesus Christ is Lord of all the nations and has redeemed all nations and all generations to speak their praise from their heart.

At the same time, Brad says, the church is not called to blow with the winds of an entertainment-oriented culture:

To call the church back to the artifacts of a past glory is a false method and is circumventing the hard work of church renewal. Imitation of the entertainment of the world is likewise a cheap substitution for authentic and spirit filled worship. Neither the return to the past nor the water-down saccharine imitation of the world’s entertainment can replace the inspired artistic creations of a Spirit led church. It is from the moral excellence of a community that is both living the story of the redemtive community of Christ and that is filled with the liberty of the Spirit that is needed. Such a communtity will then create the artifacts that speak to a generation with a new and authentic voice. Anything else is just cheap, impotent, imitation worship.



Blogger brad said...

WOW...Thanks..I sound better when you quote me..LOL

7:35 AM, February 13, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Ha! I appreciate your work at 21stCR, Brad. Peace.

11:16 AM, February 13, 2005  

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