The Bible says that we are to “speak the truth in love” to each other. One of the things that we as the Church are getting better at as a whole is the second half of this idea. We are (thankfully) improving at loving each other. What we’re still needing to improve on, myself included, is in speaking the truth. This is especially CRUCIAL in worship ministry.
Worship ministries are comprised of artists, and typically led by artists. The classic artist mentality is one that does not see black and white, and rarely aligns itself with the lines, rules, and boxes that the rest of the world does. It’s not that we’re unaware of reality, we just see reality a little differently. We tend to see things to extremes. When others are joyful, we see the reason behind the joy and want to capture it in song, word, dance, poetry, paint, or media art. When others are mournful, we feel deeply along with them and want to give others a vehicle for expressing their sorrow with our art.
While we go about the ministry of worship as artists, centering our lives around the truth is our highest calling. As we lead others in expressions of praise, adoration, worship, joy, lament, and contemplation, we need to be firmly grounding ourselves in the Word so that what we lead others in is not simply an emotion, but rather a timeless truth that seats Jesus on the throne of our lives.
This is no more true than in our interactions with each other.
With all that said, here’s the latest DW video installment, called “The Truth”, part 1 of 2.