I don’t like most worship music and/or worship leaders today. There…I said it. I know this may come as a shock to folks that normally read this blog because I write about music a lot! However, I really don’t get into modern praise music or most of the people that lead it…and write it.
The biggest problem for me is that I’m a man…and most of the worship culture in America today seems to be for…women. I prefer manly men singing manly songs about a manly God. However, many of the worship leaders I’ve seen lately are wearing t-shirts imprinted with girly graphics (not to mention skinny women’s jeans), drinking stupid-named sissy coffee, strumming an acoustic guitar and singing songs in some kind of high-pitched feminine voice that sounds like Air Supply on pot. It all sounds like Coldplay or…freakin’ Gordon Lighfoot…two pretty wussy music artists.
For instance, I was watching a live worship DVD the other day…and all the "guys" were just…well…pretty…and prissy…sort of in a Freddie Mercury/Richard Simmons kind of way. I liked some of their music until I saw the DVD and then my stomach couldn’t handle it. I mean, the lead singer was wearing more make-up than my wife. I know they have to use some make-up in videos for the cameras…but this guy would make Boy George feel uncomfortable.
I think this has a lot to do with the reason that men have stopped coming to church…the music and the message…is not for them. Church is being done to attract women. I’s not just the worship leaders that are doing it, pastors are just as guilty these days because many have started preaching "felt needs" (awwww, isn’t that sweet) instead of the Word of God. Then you put sappy, say-the-same-words-20-times music with it…and you’ve got a Mary Kay party. We’ve got to "man up" in the church today!
The songs of yesterday were hymns about blood, victory and battle put to the beer drinking tunes of the day. Manly stuff that makes me want to go pee in the woods just writing about. Today we sing about love, peace and joy put to music that sounds like The Wiggles. Excuse me while I go watch Oprah and hug myself. To top it off, most preachers seem to get their topical message ideas from watching one episode of The View. May God have mercy on our soul.
This is not an "I’ve-lost-touch-with-today-because-I’m-an-old-fart" or pro "Wild-At-Heart" cultural thing. I’ve heard these same views expressed by many unchurched, artistic 20-something men. Musically they want AC/DC and we give them Celine Dion. Lyrically they want Tom Clancy and we give them Danielle Steel. Spiritually they want Braveheart and we give them Sleepless In Seattle. Everywhere I turn there’s this…estrogen…feel to church. It’s all so safe, sappy and sad.
If the church is going to be relevant in the coming generations we’ve got to get back to reaching men…and helping them become Godly husbands and fathers. In order for the church to reach men we’ve got to have music on Sundays that has the lyrical depth of John Newton, the musical kick of Guns N’ Roses and led by a man that looks like Ted Nugent. In order for the church to reach men we’ve got to have sermons that hit like a NFL linebacker, spoken in a voice as bold as a WCW wrestler and led by a man that acts like…John The Baptist. If there’s one thing that today’s society of broken marriages and children with no father figure has taught us…it’s that we need more manly churches!!!