Jesus in Worship– Who would have thought?

I recently posted something to twitter that may have been received/perceived in the wrong light. I wanted to post this little rant to expound upon what I meant.

Here is what the post read on twitter:
“@chasegentes: The name of Jesus should be in EVERY worship song. If you’re not singing to/about Jesus, what’s the point? #Jesus #worship”

Over the past few years I have been getting more and more frustrated with this issue. There is absolutely nothing wrong with songs that sing to “God” or “Lord.” By all means, most of these songs are great and biblical. The rub for me comes when it’s ONLY about “God.” God may mean different things to different people. Jesus on the other hand does not!

If you talk to someone about God, they may think you are talking about the God of Moses, Jacob, Joshua, and David–the God of the Bible…but on the other hand they may not. There are many people in our nation and our world who believe in a god, but are not prepared to say Jesus is the same God. This is what I am talking about.

So in my opinion (which you are free to take or leave) is why even give the opportunity for a mix up?

That said, I am not saying I will never sing any worship songs that are written with the name of Jesus omitted. There are many songs I sing when I lead worship that do not always say “Jesus” or “Christ.” I just honestly feel that if I am going to set out to write a worship song to God or about God, why not make every effort to ask the Holy Spirit to point you to Christ each time?

So my challenge for all the worship leaders/pastors/songwriters out there like me: When you are preparing your worship sets, choose songs that lift the cross and Jesus. Songs that proclaim his glory and renown. Let’s write more songs that exemplify Jesus. Songs that talk less about US and more about HIM! Songs that bring glory to Jesus and Him alone.

I want to know what do you think… Let’s get a conversation going!

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7 comments

  1. fuzzlovefamily · January 3, 2013

    Exactly! There are lots of Christian songs that sing about Jesus directly and indirectly. The thing is, when there is no ‘name’ of Jesus, some people will see the song in their own P.O.V, the song could be about love,life,conflicts, how they see it. So, I’m pretty much saying “I agree!”

    Examples:
    Again by Flyleaf
    Monster by Skillet
    Comatose by Skillet
    Hold me by Jamie Grace

  2. fuzzlovefamily · January 3, 2013

    Reblogged this on My Life with Christ. and commented:
    Exactly! There are lots of Christian songs that sing about Jesus directly and indirectly. The thing is, when there is no ‘name’ of Jesus, some people will see the song in their own P.O.V, the song could be about love,life,conflicts, how they see it. So, I’m pretty much saying “I agree!”

    Examples:
    Again by Flyleaf
    Monster by Skillet
    Comatose by Skillet
    Hold me by Jamie Grace

    • chasegentes · January 3, 2013

      Thanks for the response! I have not listened to Skillet in ages… I may have to turn on to them again!

      • fuzzlovefamily · January 3, 2013

        Haha, I love their music but sometimes it can be mistaken for another worldy rock music or something… And my mom doesn’t really like me listening to these types of songs (rock,screamo), I don’t really understand why some people despise it so much, I mean yeah, it can be quite… loud… but I find it quite calming… I’m not weird am I?

  3. Jessie · January 3, 2013

    This is so great, Chase! Spencer and I have had this same conversation. Our worship should exalt Jesus ALONE because it truly is all about HIM!

  4. Greg Fielder · January 5, 2013

    I recently read this from a devotional on You Version. I thought of it again when I read your blog. Thought I would share it with you. Lets have Church Sunday @ WRC.
    Again – Philippians 2

    I love Brian Doerksen’s description of what makes a great worship song – “a universal theme, expressed in a unique way”. I try and run every song I write through that grid. When it comes to universal themes, there’s none greater than the cross. Every Christian should be regularly reflecting upon and responding to the cross – but often we’ll need a fresh way to voice this. That’s where the “unique way” part comes in. A songwriter needs to try and find melodies and lyrics that will usher people before the place of the cross in a fresh way.

    That’s really where this song came from – a desire to find a new angle to view the cross from. I guess the theme is in the title, “Once Again.” In other words, here I am at the cross again, but the power and wonder of that place never fail to move me. The mystery of that place never wears a thing. So I took some powerful lyrics from Philippians Chapter 2 (thought by most scholars to be a fragment of one the very earliest Christian hymns) – and re-worked them into this offering

    • chasegentes · January 5, 2013

      Thanks so much Greg. This is great! Looking forward to having church tomorrow! Bring it!

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