We find ourselves in challenging, yet exciting times as musicians and artists. We’ve found so much liberty in the “Christian” circles that we’re in. We find ourselves being asked to reach a lost and dying world in a relevant way that will make the non-churchgoer perk up their ears.
I sense at times we can fight so hard to be relevant with regards to genres, stylistic approaches, as well as generationally relevant jargon, yet lose our focus on our relationship with Christ. We tend to keep up all appearances yet we lack the substance of His presence.
In a day and age where relevance becomes the goal over relationship, we should be alert in knowing what that “relevant” thing is that we strive for. It doesn’t equate to a genre or a cultural ideal, it’s not a generational trend or facade. The “sound of Heaven” is a term that is quickly thrown around in the church today. We all have a different take or approach on what genre it may be or what key signature it would present itself in. However, I believe that this sound of Heaven will be one of accurate relevance, something that is non-generational, non-denominational and not culture specific. This relevant sound of Heaven is the call of Christ-centered worship that resonates deeply within every artist’s heart. It does not seek to push an individual agenda, but seeks to do as John 12:32 says, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people unto Myself.”