Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dove Awards

Chris Tomlin won 6 Dove Awards this week. Here's a quote (from Baptist Press) by Tomlin about all his awards.
"I am overwhelmed by the whole thing," said Tomlin, who deflected the praise. "I am grateful for the honors, but at the end of the day that's not what impresses God.... He must increase and I must decrease. I know this is nothing that I do; I just know that the presence and favor of God is with me."
Let me stir the pot a little bit.

I'm really glad for Tomlin's remarks, but still, I've never really been a fan of the Dove Awards b/c there's nothing like a bunch of Christians getting together on national TV and awarding and honoring themselves.

Let's just try one passage on for size, Luke 17:7-10 (ESV)...
“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
Any thoughts??? Don't be too hard on me.


Brad and Lindsey Bridges said...
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Brad and Lindsey Bridges said...

Point well taken Mark. It really hits close to home when we start to look at the way that we all in some ways have contributed to the Dove Awards being a success in one way or another by consuming so much Christian "stuff." When I read your post I started thinking about the 2-3 Dove Awards CDs I own. Hmmmm.

Its a blessing to us to have this type of music and also to those who aren't Christian to turn on their TV and hear this music during the Dove Awards. Sounds like a case of the ends justifying the means maybe...I don't know...What do you think?

Mark said...

There's no doubt it's a blessing to have music with a Christian message being played on national TV.

I think the problem is that many Christian things (music, tee shirts, etc.) attempt to look exactly like the secular culture in an attempt to be accepted.

So the whole awards part of the show is what I think is a little out of control.

In Matthew 6 Jesus talked about giving, praying, and fasting in a way that receives recognition from other people. Each time Jesus said they had received the full extent of their reward. He then went on to say that we should do our giving, praying, and fasting in secret and that our Father in heaven would reward us.

I'm trying to use this paradigm to think about the way we sing our music.

keith said...

They're not honoring themselves. They're encouraging each other. Right?