Reformed Baptist Fellowship

No Cheerleaders, Please!

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on March 31, 2011 at 5:55 am

Many believe that the sight of the Grand Canyon is the single most awesome view in all of the United States.  To simply stand at the brink and drink in the view is to stand in wonder.  Imagine for a moment that the National Park Service felt the need to “make it more exciting”, you know, bring the young crowds in.  Let’s say for a moment that they hired cheerleaders and a band to whip up the emotions of the viewers.  Let’s say that to do this, they erected a large platform with big screens which blocked the view, but drew the crowds in order to ‘catch’ the excitement over what God did in the forming of the canyon. How foolish, we say, how unnecessary, how distracting, how dishonoring!

I thought of this recently when I attended a worship event in which yet another worship facilitator kept ‘getting in the way’ of the praises of God.  Constantly interjecting comments while the congregation attempted to sing.   “Isn’t He wonderful!”  “Oh, yes, can’t you sing it?”, “Yes!  That grace is so amazing!”.   I found myself wanting to shout, “Get out of the way!!  You’re blocking my view!”

Now if you were to go to the Grand Canyon, thankfully you would not find my nightmare scenario, but you might well find a Park Ranger.  He would (we’ll leave out the evolutionary bits here) describe for you the details of the Canyon to enhance your understanding.  But he would do so by getting out of the way, he would be standing beside you, pointing.  That’s what those who lead in worship or in preaching ought to do.  Point, get out of the way of the glory, and simply point.

It turns out that God does not need a cheerleader.

Jim Savastio, Pastor
Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville
  1. I agree with you, but only up to a point. I think it’s possible in this case to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Some interjections may be inappropriate, but I think no interjections at all may be just as inappropriate.

    Don’t preachers occasionally make interjections as they preach? Furthermore, isn’t it good and right for them to exult in the truth they proclaim? John Piper calls preaching expository exultation. How could we proclaim such great truths and not rejoice in them? And if it’s right for those who preach and teach to revel aloud in the truth, wouldn’t it be right for those who sing to do the same?

  2. Well said!!

  3. Great point. Looking at the Grand Canyon, you can’t help but break out in worship because you know Someone greater than that formed it. Worship should be simple but awesome.

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