The other night at the Derek Webb concert I had a blast. Very few artists can make me think like he can. His perspective on life is amazing.
I think my favorite song on his new album (which he plays ALL of at the show) is “The Spirit and the Kick Drum.” It is a resounding call to the church, all caught up in our sound and lights worship services, to remember that we are not the point. The three lines that stick out from the song, and form the frame onto which each verse is woven:
I don’t want the Spirit, I want a kick drum.
I don’t want the Son, I want a jury of peers.
don’t want the Father, I want a vending machine.
What is it that we want out of Christianity? Do we want God, so that he can give us something else, like health or money? Or do we see HIM as the blessing of the gospel?
How often, if I am honest, I look to what God is holding out in his hand to me, and miss the point that it is the sight of God’s hand at which I ought to marvel.