Can we use just anything in worship? 4

Gary Lamb opened his service with a new song from Montgomery Gentry last weekend. Here are some of the lyrics:

There’s one in every crowd,
brings the party in us out,
good time Charley with a Harley, whiskey bent and hellbound,
he’s got the next round, but he always drinks for free,
there’s one in every crowd, and it’s usually me.

He’ll bum a light and steal your girl,
then laugh at you for gettin’ all upset.

He’s a hard drinkin man’s man,
and women love him when they can.

Lamb is using the song in a series called Party, which supposedly describes the reaction in Heaven when a sinner is saved.

Gary, this is not an appropriate song to use to describe that holy event. The character in this song is unconcerned about going to hell, steals women from other men and laughs at their misfortune, and an adulterous drunk.

How does this have any relationship to your worship of God?

Wait, never mind. I think I know.

4 thoughts on “Can we use just anything in worship?

  1. Albert May 16, 2009 3:22 pm

    I think that when contemporary churches use these mediums as elements of their “worship,” their intentions may be to let congregants see what God has brought so many people out of. I believe that this is the “context” that NS’ers claimed when the band performed AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. Perfectly good intentions I believe.

    What they don’t understand is that by showing and performing these things in a church setting where people have a preconceived notion that this church is only out to help them, they view the media more favorably. This can easily lead to a positive view of whatever sin is being described in the song.

    Let’s use this example.

    Singing about a “Hard drinkin man’s man” and “whiskey bent and hell bound” in a place where people think they are coming to learn how to live a righteous life is only misleading them. By chronically using this type of song for “worship” can lead to worshipers thinking something like, “If this person who used to be “hell bent” can find a place in this church, then why can’t I do these things? Clearly I’ll still be accepted.”

  2. James Duncan May 16, 2009 10:37 pm

    I agree with what you have said, but this song doesn’t fit the argument that they might make for a H to H song. The context suggests that they’re actually describing Heaven.

    Flat out blasphemy.

  3. Albert May 17, 2009 12:45 am

    Agreed. How can we combat this desecration of the church?

  4. James Duncan May 17, 2009 10:34 pm

    If you’re there, leave and pray.

    If you’re not there, point it out and pray.

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