Christian marketing and PR has come a long way, even in the last 50 years. Some of the progression has been absolutely fantastic – when I see artists like the Reach Records camp (Lecrae, Tedashii, Trip Lee) or Hillsong United doing blatantly Christ centered music (i.e. You can say the name “Jesus” all the way through your album, and not in a Kanye West sort of way) and it appears on my iTunes charts, I can’t help but wonder and think “what must the world think about seeing “God is Able” by Hillsong Live right next to Beyonce’s 4 or Gaga’s Born This Way?”
I’m not going to try to figure it out, but rather, I do think as a musician, these are “Yay God” moments… Our “Jesus Music” is where it needs to be – at the top of the charts. Because he rules the charts…
Then I happened to study this piece of Scripture this morning from Luke 19:45-48 –
“And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.”
I actually identify with this side of Jesus, infuriated and relentlessly driving out “those who sold” in the “house of prayer”.
A lot to think about for those of us who have taken up career paths that lie in “temple work”. Are we working to make it a house of prayer? or a den of thieves? a community of prayerful people? or marketing opportunities?
Let’s work to keep our motives pure in being a part of the Church. In doing so, Paul goes on in 1 Corinthians to call our bodies the temple of the Holy Spirit. If so, then we as individual followers of Christ should endeavour to be “houses of prayer” as well, and not a “den of robbers”? If we personally become houses of prayer, we naturally will carry that in to the way we do and more importantly, are, the Church. Let’s not be driven out by the subtle “thieving” spirit.
Let the motive-checking begin in me LORD…
Song of the day (not the best version) Jesus Be the Centre – Israel Houghton (from Hillsong Conference 2011)