“Just because God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, doesn’t mean your music has to suck.”
That was the commerical I heard recently on Revolution, SIRIUS Channel 67. It’s a great station for someone like me who likes loud guitars and Biblically-based lyrics. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s not a typical sanitized, adult-contemporary, Newsboys-kind-of-station. It freakin’ rocks. Everything from Pillar to U2 to old-school Stryper. If James Hetfield followed Christ, he’d play here.
But recently I heard Mark Dristoil, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, say:
“As a heterosexual male, I had a hard time coming to Christ. I’d show up to church and we’d sing worship songs that were almost homo-erotic. Stuff about walking hand-in-hand in the garden while the dew was on the lily. It really freaked me out because I’d go home and read the Scripture and see where God was described as Father, King, Lord, and Warrior and think ‘what kind of Will-and-Grace church is this?’ All I can do to worship is sing these ‘lily’ songs and cry to God? “
It seems to be that the feminization of the church is worse than I’d thought. There’s nothing wrong with being feminine… but it seems we’re missing the balance on the testosterone side. Female without the male. Estrogen without testosterone. The Gardener without the Warrior. Yes, we are to cultivate and nurture. But, we are also at war. And it seems that femininity is a problem when you’re at war.
Perhaps there are enough churches in existence that wage enough war for the all of us. There are certainly enough estrogen-laced worship services out there for all of us. At least, for me.
Is it generational? Is it cultural? Am I just a freak who’d love to have some adrenaline-charged worship music in his life? Maybe it’s out there and I just don’t know it. Maybe I’m too jaded. Maybe I wish we had more Real Men who passionately loved God without apology and didn’t relegate ‘worship’ to gentle harmonies. Again, nothing wrong with gentle harmonies…but there’s another side to the coin.