There's a saying that states that you can learn much about a community by the kinds of worship songs they embrace as a worshiping community. Last Sunday our worship leader at PCOM, Johnny, made the observation of how difficult it has been lately to find good worship music. The next day comes this...
Apparently, the Mars Hill community in Seattle has been singing this song, Destructor, lately:
From the first time You flooded the earth
To the last time You burned off the curse
To the way that You hated Your Son
When You hung all the sins of the world
Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy.
Heaven will disappear with a roar
The host of God will come to destroy
Sin is a declaration of war
God will have his glory one way or another
So, I'm not really sure what to think about all this. It seems to me that at best this is a bit unbalanced in its approach and at worst misrepresents the character and nature of God. Now I believe that what we do here matters, that it has ramifications that impact all eternity. I also believe in a reckoning for how we chosen to live our lives. I understand the goodness and holiness of God. I guess the question I have is this - what or who exactly are we "worshiping" when we sing a song like this? Can this not be construed as "worshiping" the destruction of the world and "sinners" by a God who "hated" his son?