A Church, Moving as One Person

2 Mar

A Church, Moving as One Person

I love this video and could watch it all day long.  It actually presents a theology of the church.

For those unfamiliar with Highland Cathedral, it is a relatively recent bagpipe number, from the latter part of the 20th century.  And, anyway, we know the Scots were effective in battle long before the bagpipe was invented . . .

But why were the Scots so effective?  Why are the U.S. Marines, modeled on the Scots, so effective in working as one organic unit in battle?  It’s not like anyone loses his or her individuality when joining the Marines, so how do they become so effective as a fighting machine?

Watch the way the music starts and spreads.  The little boy drumming up front gets it all started.  He is right in front of the bandleader and never takes his eyes off of him.  To me, the little boy symbolizes the pastor of a church.  Right in front of Jesus Christ and never swerving from paying attention to Him.

Next, the one bagpipe comes in.  Then the high brass.  Then the low brass.  Eventually a whole line of bagpipes, and a whole line of drums join in.

And notice, I count at least three times in the music where the conductor slows it down enough to add an extra beat.  Conductors get the option to do that, you know.

The entire band follows the conductor when he changes the tempo because the entire band follows the cadence the little boy beats on his drum.  Even the other drummers follow him.

If they did not, they would be wrong, because the little boy never takes his eyes off the conductor.  He knows exactly what tempo the conductor wants at each moment in the piece.

And that is key, in warfare and in the church.

Just as we don’t see any drummers saying they have a better cadence than the little boy and trying to lead factions of the band into their own cadence, so we all need to follow the pastor in our church.  Yes, there are other “drummers” (people qualified in theology) in a church.  But their purpose is still to support the pastor, not to lead a rival movement (a rival cadence) to him.  If they try to do that, they are wrong, no matter how correct their theological interpretations may be.

There may be times a pastor makes a theological error.  Quiet one-on-one discussions with members of his staff who have theological qualifications will fix that.  Opening a faction within a church never does, neither for other theologians on the staff nor for the person in the pew.

There is something simple and beautiful about a pastor beholding Christ’s face and glory and doing his best to convey that to his church.  There is something simple and beautiful in a church that follows the lead of a godly pastor.


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