At church on Sunday our service revolved around the theme of suffering and we sung a couple of songs that more or less made my toes curl – they seemed so trivial in the light of the amount of suffering in the world. At one point we actually sang a real hymn and the contrast in the depth and content of the words was huge. Anyway with those thoughts in mind, I’ve just discovered this great blog post by Alistair. It should be read by anyone who has the responsibility of choosing songs for church services – though I suspect that his views won’t find favour with some. I loved this comment about one of my bêtes noires.
Heart of Worship, by Matt Redman. Now Redman has written some amazings songs, no doubt, but this one is a stinker. I’ll cut to the chase:
- “For a song in itself Is not what You have required”. Here we have the absurd situation that we are required to sing a song telling God that he doesn’t want to hear us sing the very song we are singing. Genius! Only a Christian song could come up with this logic.
- “I’m sorry, Lord, for the things I’ve made it” Why in Flaming Hell am I apologising to God now? Rather than getting on with praising Him, the song makes you mumble a half-hearted apology about some supposed “thing” that we have made worship. I love worship. The only “thing” that gets in the way is the triteness of the lyrics we are forced to sing!
- “Though I’m weak and poor…”. The irony of all those well-fed, Middle-Class White Christians singing such a line…
Let me hastily add that I don’t think the age of a Christian song is what makes it good – some hymns are stinkers too and some modern songs are terrific.
If you have any least favourite songs, why not stick a comment here.