I’ve noticed most church worship teams go one of two ways: Either they sing songs dripping with sugar, rainbows, and unicorns, or they’re somber and sorrowful. And if the church is into Christian Top 40 music, it’s usually the first option.
You know what I’m talking about.
They sing songs like “Everything is Perfect” or “God is My Best Friend and I Have No Problems”. Every drum line includes the U2 four-on-the-floor or Coldplay’s “Clocks” rhythm. Keys play angelic pads or rocking organs. And the electric guitars make it rain with dotted eighth notes.
It can feel shallow at times. And as an artist and musician, you can sometimes feel like a phony. Is this how it has to be? Is the worship service doomed to be sugar, rainbows, and unicorns forever? Or in your case, you might wonder if you’re doomed to only be somber in your worship services.
I’d like to propose a balance. I’d like to propose honesty.
Honesty is a vital part of creativity. Great art is honest art. Paintings of rainbows and puppy dogs wear thin when you aren’t always feeling rainbow and puppy dog feelings. A great artist will paint it all, even the darker parts within.
But it’s also important to realize that, as believers, we have a hope beyond the darkness and pain. We don’t have to drag our work through the mud and leave it there. Read More