I don't like every song we've done at Element, but I generally and consistently stay out of the process of song selection, mainly because most of my objections are matters of personal preference and taste and because the guys who lead and have led worship for Element have been great not only in talent but in discernment.
But last night was a first (I think). It was the first time I recall actually asking (telling?) our worship pastor, Josh, to cut a song.
To his great credit, he didn't hesitate and he completely understood my qualms about it. We also were in agreement that the questionable line or two stood out all the more because the rest of the lyrics were glaringly deficient in substance. Had the rest of the song been somewhat solid, these lines wouldn't have stood out so much.
And to his great competency, Josh easily replaced the song on the spot with another and all went smoothly.
The lyrics in question were something along the lines of God not making the sacrifice but the sacrifice being something we alone can give to Him. The meaning behind them might have made sense, but I didn't understand them, and I reckon myself a fairly theologically competent person. It was just "fuzzy." And since the rest of the song had lines about dancing loudly (or something) and ringing bells, I just thought it was superfluous and too mushy. It was very me-centered, and that just makes my little alarms go off.
But Josh got it and everything was cool.
For you worship leaders out there: How involved are your pastors in the process of shepherding worship? How involved would you like them to be? Has a pastor ever asked you cut a song for theological reasons, and if so, assuming you did it, did you agree or disagree?
Curious about others' experience with this interaction . . .
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