I thought giving each post two titles was innovative when I first came up with it. But I never even considered giving a post THREE titles until today. Genius!
Imagine, say, Delirious? is coming to a mega-church near you to perform a worship set. You want to go, naturally, because you love the music they make and can nearly instantly connect you with God and put you in a state of worship where you nearly feel selfless. I have no problem with that. Goodness no.
Fear not, this isn’t just another naive post longing for Christ-topia. In real life, people who lead worship have families and empty bellies and shouldn’t walk around naked and they maybe even want to go the beach every now and again. Therefore they can’t travel around leading worship – their van needs gas, and it’s seats not only don’t taste good but you can’t get a good night’s sleep in them.Those lights that set the atmosphere and that organ/keyboard combo that perfectly starts the song aren’t just scooped up on the roadside trash day. So it’s perfectly logical they need money in order to do what they do.
Nonetheless, paying for worship rubs me the wrong way. Does it give you an icky feeling as well?
So what’s a worship band to do? Ask for offering rather than charge a fee? Should the church not sell tickets but hope the congregation feels moved to give?
Maybe we’re just talking semantics here – instead of paying them to come play worship we are merely “covering their expenses” and “supporting their ministry” so they can do this without being carpet cleaners on the side. It’s likely, maybe even certain, there’s no easy or obvious solution to this. But there’s no getting around it – worship has become an industry. It’s no secret that some of the best selling records a band produces is the one where they get worshipful – quite frankly it’s at least part of the reason why so many bands churn them out.
But I just can’t get over this feeling that makes me want to cringe my nose and scratch the uncomfortable itches I get. Do you agree worship is an industry? Does it make you comfortable that we pay to worship? What’s a possible solution, or maybe more likely, a balance to strike? How freaking insane is a post with THREE titles?!