Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Worthy vs. Worthless

"...go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
~ Matthew 9:13

As I was reading another blog this past weekend, I loved the analogy of the message of todays Christian music, verses the message sent in traditional Christian music (such as Amazing Grace). You can read the original post here.

The main point was that today's music doesn't have good theology. We are told that we are all worth dying for. We are told that we are worthy. But Jesus said that the righteous don't need a Savoir. If we are worthy of it, then we don't need it. That's why the old hymn says that Jesus came to save a wretch like me. That's why His grace is so amazing after all. God loved us even when we weren't worthy. In fact, on our own, we have no worth. Our worth is found in Christ alone. It is Him that is worthy. He died for us even though we didn't deserve it. How amazing is that?!

I guess the main point here is that if the grace of God isn't needed, but something that we deserve, then it isn't as precious as I was led to believe. What about you?


  1. I love your thoughts! My husband and I have been talking recently about how the new "worship" music is all about me, me, me, and not about the gospel and how we sin and need grace. It is like a "Christian" musical response to the pop psychology of self-esteem. There are a few good songs out there, but you are right, it is broken theology!! I say that the music now is all about feeling good and it is only about the "love" side of the Christian coin. It isn't about WHY we need that love (in most cases). I have been noticing I get a funny feeling in my stomach and become uncomfortable when I listen to K-love all day long. It is okay in small doses, but to let the range of music they play permeate my home is not something I am okay with. We have to pick and choose even with Christian radio! It is sad, but it is the world. Our church sings tradtional hymns, and although I disliked the style at first, I have grown to love the sincere, God-worshipping lyrics that really invoke a sense of absolute need for God's saving grace and leave me with such thankfulness in my heart. Thanks for bringing this to bloggers attention.

  2. Mrs. H, we too have noticed the trend of Me, Myself and I in worship music. There are a few that come through and give a message of true worship, but a lot of the music on the radio or on the shelves of Christian bookstores today are at best luke-warm in true worship of God, with some songs bordering on secular at best. I don't even sing along to some songs any more.