This is the most infectious song anywhere right now. “Happy” by Pharrell, the Oscar nominated song from “Despicable Me 2” has made its way from the silver screen to the small screen (by way of advertising) and now…your local church!
Do it for the vine…
“..I ain’t gon’ do it…!” Churches, music ministries and believers everywhere are wrangling with the decision to include the anthem in their Sunday rotation. But, why is there any wrangling period? “Happy” is still a secular song no matter the feel good vibe listeners get from it.
Put those hands together…
There’s an old saying that “if it barks like a dog and walks like a dog, it’s a dog!” In the song, Pharrell implores you to ‘clap along’ just like any praise and worship leader worth their salt! In this case, “Happy” sounds like church music, the harmonies are ‘churchy’ but it is still NOT suitable for church, in any case! Whatever happened to believers being happy in Christ alone?
Why Seek Ye the Living Among the Dead…?
The real problem here is the growing problem many in the church have by going outside the church to receive what alone can be found in Christ. This is a huge problem for the church and church music. Musical influence shapes worship services all over the world. It seems as though many in the church feel a void if there is any exclusion from something good. The church must gain the fortitude to decline the secular invitation for affirmation. Everything ‘good’ doesn’t bring glory to God. When the church at large adopts that ideal, it will bring some clarity to those otherwise ‘blurred lines’.
This church is happy!
As the music goes, so goes the church. Many people look at a church for signs of life, but how many are looking for signs of death? Signs of a dead church include “inclusionism” in all facets of ministry. YES, THIS IS A BIG DEAL!
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