He shares part of an article in which the author pretty much hammers the Christian Music Industry. Is the article rough? Yes. Is it harsh? Yes. Unlike the author, I do like some of the music, and contrary to his assertions, many of the artists producing modern worship music are working in local congregations. But does the guy have a point? Yes. Along those lines, I have questioned one practice I’ve seen crop up in the past several years: worship concerts.
Even though I like worship that incorporates modern music and instrumentation, “worship concert” is a non-sensical term. There are big bands whose music I enjoy (like Third Day) who do this, but there’s something very wrong with selling tickets to an event and then claiming that we’ve all come together to worship God. Wrong. When we buy a ticket for something, we’re usually purchasing entertainment. Nothing wrong with that. It’s a commodity that is perfectly acceptable to buy and sell. But in the instance of worship concerts, the very dynamic of selling tickets to a “worship event” means that we are commodifying “worship.” We are buying an experience courtesy of the band that is playing.
It reminds me somehow of the old practice of selling pews that got us Methodists into trouble a while back in our history.