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!