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Miley Cyrus: Anointed Worship Artist?

October 8, 2010

Apparently, Saddleback Church has incorporated Miley Cyrus’ hit song The Climb into their worship set list.

I suppose we should have seen this one coming right? I mean Isaiah 45:1 says, “This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus…” Her name is in the Bible! And she’s anointed!

That’s some quality exegesis there folks. No need to look it up in the Bible or seek any other context.

Not sure really how I feel about this. It’s certainly not as bad as some of the worship songs that have been put up here, but I’m not sure it’s something ‘positive’ either. I have a term for some churches, “Vanilla Church”. Very often, pastors at Vanilla churches try to preach a message that will appeal to as many people as possible. Again, it’s not usually horrible dilettante dross, it’s usually feel-good, self-help, purpose driven stuff. But getting and retaining large congregations in some churches requires not stepping on any toes or challenging any ideas.

“I formed you in the womb… I know the plans I have for you… apple of my eye… keep on working… plans to prosper you… if you were the only person Jesus would have come and died just for you… more plans to prosper you…”

People leave feeling good and with existential meaning. Again, not bad, but maybe not always good. Just like a real diet, vanilla is not good for you all of the time.

Saddleback Worship:

Hmmm… apparently you have to be able to sing and be very attractive to sing this song at their church.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris E permalink
    October 8, 2010 10:59 am

    “Hmmm… apparently you have to be able to sing and be very attractive to sing this song at their church.”

    Though being able to pitch a note is optional.

  2. October 8, 2010 11:11 am

    This is exactly the sort of thing that every Christian radio station is striving for: Christian music that is neither Christian nor music.

    • October 14, 2010 2:03 pm

      Snort! 😀

  3. October 8, 2010 11:51 am

    I’ve actually brought in music that wasn’t exactly written for a Christian audience. I tend to look for God all over the place. But what I have trouble with in this song is that it doesn’t seem to be expressing our hearts to God so much as singing to each other about how it is all about the journey (I don’t know if it got better I couldn’t stomach too much of the song.) But then again it isn’t an uncommon theme in modern self-help liturgies. I’m just left wondering what does this have to do with the Kingdom of God?

  4. October 8, 2010 2:34 pm

    “People leave feeling good and with existential meaning. Again, not bad, but maybe not always good.”

    If it’s Christ-less then it’s bad, doesn’t matter how good people feel. Misplaced hope is just as deadly as no hope(Christ-less). This fails almost every test of what a worship leaders role is. No gospel here, just fluff. Though it’s not the worst example I’ve seen of a pop culture pop song making it’s entry into worship sets.

    • October 14, 2010 2:06 pm

      Wow. That’s a fairly black and white statement. I suppose that while eating at Mc Donald’s, mowing you lawn, commuting, picking your nose, and taking a crap you are full of … Christ. No? You better get singing to Jesus, buddy.

  5. October 8, 2010 4:08 pm

    the arrangement of that track is pure vomit. if i was going to pruduce some milky sap for the 1st grade musician then this is exactly the kind of thing i’d want.

  6. October 8, 2010 9:38 pm

    I think the guitar player is wearing the same shirt in both vids.

    • October 14, 2010 2:08 pm

      HE IS! Maybe they did both tapings in the same day like in Hollywood.

  7. October 8, 2010 9:40 pm

    I’ve often thought that a few Tool songs should be incorporated into worship times. I would start with Opiate ( ) and then move from there to Jambi ( ).

    I’m actually being serious. But, then again, I don’t make it to church all that often these days, so I might have forgotten what it’s like.

  8. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    October 11, 2010 11:19 am

    Hmmm… apparently you have to be able to sing and be very attractive to sing this song at their church.

    How do you know these lookers ain’t just lip-synching? Given the Christian Worship & Praise tropism for The Beautiful People (TM), it’s hard to believe musical/vocal talent automatically follows.

    “Just like Milli Vanilli, Except CHRISTIAN (TM)!”

  9. nazani14 permalink
    October 14, 2010 2:55 pm

    Don’t you have to pay royalties to perform someone else’s music? I suppose Saddleback can afford that, but it seems like a frivolous use of funds that could, say, help needy congregation members.

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