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  • Frail Children of “NOW” and the Ad Infinitum
    • Donnie Cruz (no login)
      Posted Dec 11, 2004 5:20 AM

      Again, the last verse:
        Frail children of “NOW,” we sing what we can
        Our culture has giv’n; a short attention span,
        We’ll sing and repeat the ad infinitum,
        While making their writers a neat tidy sum.

      First, regarding singing and repeating the “ad infinitum.” There are quite a few contemporary “praise” and “celebration” songs that have repetitious lines suitable for the beat or tempo desired by the musical worship cheerleaders. Here’s one good example:
        Whose Side Are You Livin’ On?

        Tell me [leader] whose side are you livin’ on?
        I’m livin’ on the Lord’s side.
        Tell me whose side are you livin’ on?
        I’m livin’ on the Lord’s side.
        I’m a-livin’, I’m a-livin’, I’m a-livin’, I’m a-livin’,
        I’m a-livin’ on the Lord’s side.
        I’m a-livin’, I’m a-livin’, I’m a-livin’, I’m a-livin’,
        I’m a-livin’ on the Lord’s side.

        Tell me [leader] whose side are you singin’ on?
        I’m singin’ on the Lord’s side.
        Tell me whose side are you singin’ on?
        I’m singin’ on the Lord’s side.
        I’m a-singin’, I’m a-singin’, I’m a-singin’, I’m a-singin’,
        I’m a-singin’ on the Lord’s side.
        I’m a-singin’, I’m a-singin’, I’m a-singin’, I’m a-singin’,
        I’m a-singin’ on the Lord’s side.

        Tell me [leader] whose side are you lovin’ on?
        I’m lovin’ on the Lord’s side.
        Tell me whose side are you lovin’ on?
        I’m lovin’ on the Lord’s side.
        I’m a-lovin’, I’m a-lovin’, I’m a-lovin’, I’m a-lovin’,
        I’m a-lovin’ on the Lord’s side.
        I’m a-lovin’, I’m a-lovin’, I’m a-lovin’, I’m a-lovin’,
        I’m a-lovin’ on the Lord’s side.

        Tell me [leader] whose side are you servin’ on?
        I’m servin’ on the Lord’s side.
        Tell me whose side are you servin’ on?
        I’m servin’ on the Lord’s side.
        I’m a-servin’, I’m a-servin’, I’m a-servin’, I’m a-servin’,
        I’m a-servin’ on the Lord’s side.
        I’m a-servin’, I’m a-servin’, I’m a-servin’, I’m a-servin’,
        I’m a-servin’ on the Lord’s side.

      Second, “Frail children of ‘NOW’” have “groovy things” in mind. Here’s a fine article to read:


        WE’VE GOT A GROOVY KIND OF RELIGION!


        Gary Summers


        Luke Shira writes of a recent conversation:

        During a talk with a young lady about attending services here in Highlands, she gave “the answer” of many folks today. “I’d like to come to church there, but the congregation where I am attending does so many ‘groovy things.’”

        Not many young people would be so blissfully honest as this person was. One wonders, however, why some do not ever seem to notice the discrepancies between their thinking and the emphasis in the Scriptures. For example, Paul criticizes the Corinthians for being selfish in their worship. They were inconsiderate concerning their brethren; they did not reflect on the seriousness of their Lord’s Supper, either. So their worship was quite flawed, but Paul did not fault them for failing to be “groovy”!

        In fact, Jesus talked about the Father seeking true worshippers—those who worship Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Where is the passage that says He is seeking groovy worshippers? Is there some new, modern version that exhorts brethren not to forsake the groovy assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25)?

        Although it is important that worship be acceptable, rather than vain (Matt. 15:1-9), where does “groovy” worship fit in? Toward whom is it directed to merit the description “groovy”? God did not so term Abraham’s offering of Isaac. None of the many offerings described in the book of Leviticus which were offered in worship to God could rightly be called such.

        Obviously, this description must be something that impresses people rather than God, which means that the “worship” must be directed at human beings rather than at God. Would such an intention not make it vain? We do not gather together in order to please ourselves, to entertain ourselves. Our purpose for meeting is to honor God and edify ourselves. Ah, but can we not have fun while we are being taught? Sure we can—in secular education. Even in our Bible classes we often take a more informal approach, but our worship on the Lord’s day is not the time or place to amuse ourselves with entertainment.

        Any congregation whose goal is to get their young people to think, “We have really groovy worship here,” needs to overhaul its priorities. A better goal would be for their youths to tell others: “In our congregation we are very intent on offering God our best worship. If you visit us, you will hear a Biblical message that praises God and exalts our Lord Jesus.” How sad that young people are more interested in groovy than spiritual. Shira concluded his article by writing:

        Our thoughts should never be all those “groovy things” that appeal to the flesh, but the spiritual things that should be coveted by the soul.

        (Send comments or questions concerning this article to garysummers@spiritualperspectives.org.)

      Third, “… while making their writers a neat tidy sum.”

      __________________________

      Donnie
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