In my little dictionary widget, a “Seeker” is defined like this:
verb (past and past participle sought |sôt|) [with obj.]
• attempt to find (something): they came here to seek shelter from biting winter winds.
• attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something): the new regime sought his extradition | [no obj., with infinitive] : her parents had never sought to interfere with her freedom.
• ask for (something) from someone: he sought help from the police.
• (seek someone/something out) search for and find someone or something: it’s his job to seek out new customers.
I’m beginning to rethink this idea of “seeker sensitive worship.”
There are legitimate “seekers” of the Truth out there, but when it comes to musical worship, we’ve defined “seeker” as someone who wants a show, who we don’t want to offend. We do this in an attempt to lead them to make a decision for Jesus through our musical worship simply being the holster for the message.
Somehow, we’ve watered down our expression of worship in order to give them a sport to spectate instead of an expression that leads them to participate. Whether you’re attractional, missional, in-between, charismatic, liturgical…and the list goes on…the Church has got to start processing through the worship of our King and the people the Church would define as seekers.
I think for a lot of us, we’ve decided to react to this issue instead of respond. In our generation, more than any other form of expression found in the Church is music. It’s a centerpiece of our culture at large that we gather around.
So how does the Church integrate this properly for both people who find themselves on the fringes and the people who are devout to the Faith?