Thursday, June 21, 2012

Christian Discernment

As our churches become more and more infiltrated by secular thought and worldly influences, what becomes of discernment?  Do Christians still have any?  Well certainly some do but I am beginning to think that this group may be a shrinking minority.  In simplest terms, discernment is knowing the value of something and determining if its good or bad.  God gives us various methods to arrive at a conclusion about things just in case we are confused.  Some posses discernment as a spiritual gift and have a certain built-in intuition.  Others need to seek council and test issues with Scripture.  But the idea is that a Christian practice discernment regardless of methodology.

So with that in mind I present to you perhaps the worst example of discernment possible by the FBC Senior Choir in Columbia, South Carolina.  For some unknown reason Music Director, Keith Watson has managed to convince those in the choir to sing and perform several secular songs of ill repute.  This might have been a self-contained incident that was dealt with internally were it not for several of these clips going viral on YouTube. 

Such songs include:  Eminem's "Lose Yourself," Chamillionaire's "Ridin Dirty," OutKast's "Hey Ya!," Pussycat Dolls, "Don't Cha," MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This," and Nelly's "Hot in Herre."

Some songs are worse than others but I would argue none of these songs should be sung by a church choir.  I Google searched for the lyrics to "Hot in Herre" (performed below) and was even more appalled than before.  But one need not look for lyrics to DISCERN that this is NOT appropriate.  I am all about having a good sense of humor.  I am all about showing younger generations that the older ones (myself included) are still hip and with it.  So the motivations behind these productions might be somewhat understandable.  But it amazes me that no one in the staff or membership questioned the value of this idea before it got off the ground.  It amazes me even further that this Music Director still has a job.