Christ is… Enough? – Andy Brown

I am reposting this article about worship songs today. There are some wonderful songs out there, and tremendous hymns of praise. The point of the below is not to ruin that!

We need to give thought to our worship. And we should be careful about what songs we sing when it comes to worship. Not every song with a Christian label is good for us. I hope the below gives you some thought and make your worship be pure before God today. 

I’ve been thinking about worship songs recently. In particular, their content and origin. This began several months ago when singing the song “Christ is Enough for me…” It got me thinking… is Christ really enough? Of course He is, but what I mean is – is enough an adequate term to describe the One Who redeemed us?…
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2 thoughts on “Christ is… Enough? – Andy Brown

  1. Thought I’d comment in this re-post here

    Really good post!!

    The song, Reckless love (by City Asbury) is an interesting one. People have issues with the wording, and yet it’s so frequentlybbeen the last step to helping, for example, homeless people feel loved enough to finally surrender to Jesus.

    No other songs or words could break through the self defence mechanisms they had created around themselves, just in order to survive.

    And then someone sings Reckless Love for them and they meet Jesus.

    The problem with words, as you rightly point out, is that they’re human and limiting.

    For example “God is good”…what a criticism of God that must be! However we need to use words we know and understanding, and good is, well, pretty positive!! But it’s never going to encompass all of who God is in describing Him as good…it just doesn’t come even close enough to describing what we man by such a simple word, like “good”.

    And so we’re back to the words in songs issue.

    If we can’t describe what we mean accurately enough, and if we don’t have the gift of tongues, what words can we then use?

    Tim Hawking (brillianly funny American Christian comedian) makes a brilliantly [pertinent] point about how feminised so many worship songs have become in the past 20 years, and why they aren’t likely going to help many men to engage in worship. (It’s worth noting that he’s also been a worship leader for a very long time, and is quite happy to poke fun at what knows).

    If we limit words too much, we end up throwing away the baby with the bath water, because even theologically correct terms are going to miss the mark of just how spectacularly good God is, and how all encompassing He is when it comes to His goodness.

    With 3 and a half decades of worship leading behind me, I’ve got plenty to reflect on with this topic.

    And I think my conclusion on this enormous topic is simply this, especially to those that may wish to criticise songs written by others they’ve got issues with – and this one covers all sorts of situatios: if you’re not happy with something, don’t simply criticise the efforts of your brothers and sisters from afar, but write your own songs (or prayers, or bible version, or sermon, or book) for the Lord and try to get people singing (or reading/using) those instead.

    That’s not my suggestion that we should ignore stuff that is clearly wrong, but being quick to criticise is a disease in the western church…and it’s one we need to aggressively week to snuff out and eradicate.

    My two penneth on this one Andy…

    Andy B


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