A study of contemporary worship songs demonstrates that the current view of worship is not situated in God’s supernatural story. Instead, worship is situated within the worshiper and is offered by the worshiper to God, who often remains unnamed in the song lyrics. . . . This divorce of worship and spirituality from God’s story of creation, incarnation, and re-creation has resulted in a new kind of Gnostic worship and spirituality.
-Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative
In reading this, I think that those of us in the evangelical church would do well to listen and do a better job of creating and choosing songs for our churches to sing. I don’t think we can argue that many of the songs we sing are from the worshipper’s perspective and many times do NOT name the Father, Son or Holy Spirit. So separating our song lyrics, Webber suggests, leads us to devalue the physical world and embrace the spiritual world.
Now this isn’t entirely true of ALL songs being written today. Our church recently started singing a Hillsong version of the Apostle’s Creed. In my mind, this is a wonderful example of “Ancient/Future theology” in that you have one of the largest evangelical churches creating music for one of the church’s oldest statements of faith. But these are few are far between…
How do we do this in the evangelical context? Any suggestions or examples to share?