Honestly, I started this blog to celebrate creativity, freedom, and the value of authentic artistic expression among people of faith. I wanted to help create a culture where people could talk openly about music, culture, and worship. At the same time, I wanted to answer questions that I commonly receive about songwriting etc.
Instead, I seem to spend most of my time defending these values instead of celebrating them. I can’t express to you how incredibly boring that has become.
Sure, creativity, artistic expression, and innovation/experimentation in worship (or for fun) may not be the absolutely most important aspects of Christian life, (they certainly aren’t the answer to every, if any, problem of the “modern day church”) but they are valuable, and incredibly difficult to find among faith oriented communities. More importantly, they are what I love, and what this blog is about…
See, I’m not trying to help people write songs for every Christian on the planet to sing. I’m trying to encourage people to pursue what they are passionate about and to shake free from the ridiculous and archaic (not to mention unbiblical) expectations of traditional church culture that burden and alienate sooooooooo many people (myself included).
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not at all against traditional expressions of worship (btw I consider most “contemporary” expressions still to be incredibly traditional), but I am against the stupid idea that these expressions are any more “correct” or “Biblical”. Our common expressions, even the most traditional, still look relatively nothing like those of the bible… and that’s OK because “it” (whatever “it” is) seems to be more about the level of our authenticity, not the precision of our mimicry. I’m just sick of people telling me what “worship” is and isn’t simply because it doesn’t look or sound like what they do at their church.
So, I’m done…
…not with the blog, but with wasting time defending these values.