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Hmmm…haven’t done this in awhile. You know that feeling you get after you get your cast off of whatever body part you’ve managed to break?? You know how to use your arm (leg, toe…) it just takes some time to getting used to again. So with that said, if this is crappy, it will get better…or you can quit reading.

 I’ve been thinking a lot about reputations and/or labels. Where do the come from? What day is it decided that because you wear tight pants and have black hair that covers 1/3 of your face that you are punk/emo. I mean, I can understand a little better the stereotype for a gangstaaa (obviously I’m not one) because there is a purpose for the baggy pants [hidin the glock, yo] so for someone who wears pants to their ankles and Ts to their knees, it is a little more justifiable in my mind why they would be labeled as a gangster.

 Furthermore than the label itself, what about the suggestion of the label? I know history has a lot to do with it..but it sure is interesting how labels spread so fast.

Okay, moving on from labels dealing with appearance…I’m kind of interested in how songs get labeled as worship songs. The idea of it has become a bit ridiculous to me lately. So I went back to a favorite passage of mine ( two verses probably isn’t considered a passage, oh well)

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore I urge you brothers in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrafice holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing, perfect will.”

 Okay, so by this verse worship is: a spiritual act. The act being the offering of our bodies. When we offer our bodies up, it pleases God. Easy. Right? By doing this, we begin to discover God’s will for our lives. I think these verses could be read over and over and one would complete the other. God’s will for our lives is for us to offer our bodies in service to him, and by this we keep discovering His will and throught that we continue to serve. It is sort of an endless cycle.

Okay, how does this relate to anything I just mentioned before about worship and the sterotype of what worship songs are?

Sunday I went to church with my sister (meredith), Kinetic Church. We sang some beautiful songs about the cross and Jesus and mercy and typical worhsip song stuff. Then…it happened. One of the songs we sang was by Nickelback. Wait- did I just say Nickelback?

We sang “If Everyone Cared”, as we sang the words became alive to me. My eyes welled with tears, I reflected on the words I was singing and they made so much sense to me.

“If everyone cared, and nobody cried, If everyone loved and nobody lied, if everyone shared and swallowed their pride, then we’d see the day when nobody died”

Read the words. No- go back, read them. This lays out what God desires for our lives: He wants his followers to care and share and love and get over themselves so that they can be about people and about sharing His will so that people can be saved from death. If everyone did these things, no one would die (spiritually speaking).

I’ve already heard a few people grunt and fuss about how this can’t be a worship song because “their other music doesn’t glorify God” and “we are just popularizing a culture that belittles our God”. I have a problem with those statements: whose life fully gloryfies the Lord? Chris Tomlin? David Crowder? Probably not.  Isn’t the whole point of Christianity to be able to be accepted in our incompelteness and to be made full and rich in Jesus Christ. The worshiper offers up the worship, not the writer of the song. Now I know Chad Kroger’s intentions when singing this song were far from worshiping the Lord, but does that matter?

So, worship the Lord…with the words that come alive to you.

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