Confusing the Flock

Worship, in my opinion, ought to be equally as important theologically in a church service as the preaching.  Though our actions or level of participation in singing might be different from hearing someone speak to us, that doesn’t mean that the music should be any less significant.  Nor should we pay it any less thought.  The act of worship prepares our hearts and our minds to receive the Word of God.

In today’s modern churches, especially evangelical ones from my experience, the Church does very well at stirring emotions and preparing the parishioners’ hearts.  I would contend, regrettably, the same churches’ worship does not do as well in activating the mind.

Today as I was listening to the radio I heard a moving, contemporary rendition of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”  One verse of the lyrics reads as follows:

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

A subsequent song topping the charts by Christianity’s leading worship artist, Chris Tomlin, contained the following chorus:

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I’ll love
How you serve I’ll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you

Both are enjoyable songs to listen or even sing to.  (Believe me, you should be grateful that I only sing when I drive by myself!)  Yet their theological messages are far different.

I strive to live by Tomlin’s lyrics and hope that one day, standing before the throne of God, He might judge that I have fulfilled that call.  But quite honestly, I do not have the confidence that Tomlin does.   This is one song I cannot sing in good conscience, knowing the sinful nature of my heart.

It is unfair to critique the intentions of either composer compared above, nor is it my intention to do so (ever).  I show these two examples merely to raise a question, for church leaders and mature Christ followers alike: Are we confusing the flock?