200 Words [or Less] About Being a Worship Musician: Key Elements >> Surrendered, Part 2
Submission, Subordination and Other Things that Suck
Submission is one of those words that make people bristle. Cringe. Wince. Barf. Or otherwise react adversely. Iâ€™m not going to make a case for mutual submission and submission to authority because scripture already does that, a little too well for most of us. If a key element for us is submission to Christ, then we have to look at submitting to the spiritual authority He places over us.
One of the tough lessons I had to learn is that Godâ€™s delegated authority comes from the position, not from the leaderâ€™s ability to lead. I once worked for someone who I thought I could â€śout-lead.â€ť This manâ€™s ability to lead was NOT the issue God was concerned about for me, but my willingness to submit to the authority above me.
What does it look like for volunteer worship musicians to submit? It doesnâ€™t mean never suggesting changes. Or challenging decisions. But the attitude and manner in which suggestions/challenges are delivered is what causes us to cross a line. Another way to detect subtle rebellion to God-appointed leadership is how I talk about a leader or his/her decisions to others.
If you find you canâ€™t in good conscience submit, quit.
December 31, 2009Tweet
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