A Celebration, A Concern, and A Calling! - Religious Piece
Strike up the band! Get the confetti ready! Pull out the chips and
salsa! Let the celebration begin! The arts are back in the church!
That’s right folks, there is a revival going on across the nation.
Churches everywhere are embracing the arts with a renewed fire and
passion. Praise the Lord for His infinite creativity. But wait, it
gets better. The church is welcoming a diverse selection of artistic
gifts and reaching beyond the expected and familiar to brave new
frontiers. Spend a month visiting different churches in you area and
you may be surprised at the art forms you experience in worship.
Dance, painting, sculpting, graphic design, poetry, music from
different cultures and styles, strange and wonderful instruments from
far away places, and yes, drama. No longer content to follow the
masses, the church universal is beginning to lead again, to be
innovative and cutting edge creative. There are so many reasons to
On the front lines of this movement, there are also some faint
rumblings, murmurs, and whispers that are cause for concern. As I’ve
talked with artistic leaders from churches of different denominations,
from different parts of the country and even different countries I
have been hearing something interesting. It sounds a little like
this…”Our Pastor doesn’t give us the sermon topics soon enough.”
“You’re lucky, we don’t even get to pick our own scripts, the Pastor
picks them for us and we have to do what he wants.” “Can you believe
it! They want us to do an announcement skit!” “Drama is not supposed
to be illustrative, we are supposed to be doing important work for the
kingdom.” “They just don’t understand the value of drama, they see us
as a cute little add in for a boring service”. Are these valid
concerns? Sure, they may be. I am actually troubled less by the
concerns, and more by the amount of anger, bitterness and resentment
used to express them. I work in a drama ministry and I will admit
there have been times when frustrations similar to these have
resonated within me. Every ministry has obstacles and challenges.
However, it becomes problematic when the rough spots become stumbling
blocks for us. In Philippians 2:1-4 Paul teaches us a great lesson
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any
comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any
tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being
like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility
consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not
only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.