Saturday, March 24, 2012

When Sermon Prep and YouTube Collide

Today I was browsing YouTube for a few minutes looking for an old song that I couldn’t quite call to mind (mostly because I never knew it well), and I happened upon some videos of a certain popular Christian music artist (I hate that term … but I digress) from the 80s, 90s, and today.

She was dressed modestly, sang passionately, seemed mostly devoid of the gyrations and foolishness that accompanies much of Christian music today. She was praising God with her whole heart and leading others in worship. She even prayed before she sang.

Turns out she was also hooking up with a man she wasn’t married to.

She blew up her marriage and family. Caused a lot of pain both for herself and her family.

But she looked just right. And man could she sing. And she was so passionate and devoted leading worship that way.

And people thought everything was okay.

Today I am finishing up a message for tomorrow on Galatians 2:20 about being crucified with Christ and no longer living, yet all the while continuing to live by faith in Jesus. I am thinking about the connections between Galatians 2:20, Romans 6, Colossians 3:5, and Romans 8. They are not exactly parallel, but they share a common theme: death to sin and self and life because of what you believe about Jesus.

And I reminded how easy it is to put on a good show, to look right, dress right, sing right, speak right, be passionate and energetic, and not be living the crucified life.

Brothers and sisters, to quote my good friend John Owen, Be killing sin or it will be killing you.

Jesus loved us and gave himself up for us. So believe it, and be crucified with Christ.

Then go live like you believe it.


Anonymous said...

Very good observation. Almost nobody worries about this now. It is why our nation is going down the tubes.

Mark Ward said...


Best article you've ever written. Amazing.