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Cult of Personality

Yesterday morning as I was driving to meet with a friend for breakfast, I hit the CD button on my radio and a Phil Wickham song began playing.   While I was enjoying the song, I was also wishing that for just a moment I could sing like Phil.

But then I had this thought, one day the personalities will disappear and there will be a great throng that will worship as one before God’s throne.

No more big name worship leaders.

No more famous pastors.

No more published philosophers making the media circuit.

No more TV programs hyping their brand of Jesus.

In short, no more cult of personality.

Just one throng worshiping for the one reason that unites them.

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  1. August 22, 2010 at 3:35 am

    never heard of this phil wickham guy, but i like the idea of all of us singing together, united. you’d think some of us would want to practice a little ahead of time…

    • August 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      Check him out, James. He is pretty cool in my book. :)

  2. August 22, 2010 at 7:59 am

    I will join in with you and James on this one. gotta wonder about those who hate singing and worship and praise here on earth. What in the world are they going to do in heaven? I prefer to get in as much practice as I can here.

    • August 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm

      I wonder if God’s church would praise and worship Him, if worship ‘leaders’ would be all that necessary. I am not saying that there aren’t benefits or that it is not good to have those persons gifted in music and ministry… I just wonder how much we have released our praise and worship experience to those who stand up front of the building.

  3. Ike
    August 23, 2010 at 2:59 am

    In Revelation 14:2 the apostle John tries to describe the sound of heaven, as he heard it in his vision:

    “And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.”

    Three times John uses a simile (“like”) to describe the sound of heaven. It was like, first, the roar of rushing waters. Niagara Falls. Sustained intensity. It was like, secondly, a loud peal of thunder. Kaboom! Dramatic percussion. It was like, thirdly, harpists playing their harps. Tender loveliness. And the sound of heaven was/is all three sounds mingled together as one.

    We have never heard such a sound. C. S. Lewis was right. This is “the silent planet.” We do know what a waterfall sounds like, what a thunderclap sounds like, even what an orchestra of harpists might sound like. So the similes work. But we have never heard it all mixed together into one coherent whole. Someday we will hear it. Someday we will be a part of it, as we sing a new song before the throne (Revelation 14:3).

    I wonder what it will be like to become capable of sustained intensity, dramatic percussion and tender loveliness, all at once, forever, as the celebration of God’s glory pours out of us.

    • August 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      Ike… Your response here was something I had never considered. It is quite awesome to think about that simultaneous orchestration… and to think that we can and will be part of it.

      I appreciate your adding to this thought with such poignant words.

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