The Worship Leader as an Icon || @viobless
Sadly, there is a tendency in human nature to idolize gifted leaders. We need worship leaders who are role models, but admiration can easily be distorted into hero worship. Then we find a whole crop of young worship leaders who think they’ve “made it” if they can emulate the sound of the worship leader who is the flavour of the year.
At least since the time of King Saul, people have wanted human heroes. I’ve found that the idolization of worship leaders happens on both the Small and large scale in local churches, and in big conferences and conventions. Some people who see a gifted singer leading the Church in worship get a distorted picture about the spirituality and stature of that person. I have to stifle a laugh at concerts and conferences when people treat me like I’m one of the holiest people they’ve ever met.
When I was in my late teenage years I thought I knew a lot and was pretty mature in my faith. Now that I’m older, I’m much less impressed with myself. It’s impossible to take myself too serious because I know what I’m made of. I have weaknesses in my character just like everyone else. So when someone venerates me, I shrug it off because I know the real me that’s not visible to most people.
Paul the most prominent apostle of all, saw himself as the worst of all sinners, saved by grace (ITim 1:15). Lol… John Wimber often described himself as ‘a fat man trying to get to heaven.’ We ought to have this attitude Of continual amazement that God would have mercy on us. This will fuel our gratitude for God’s unmerited favour and save us from an overinflated perception of ourselves (that includes me).