A few days ago, a Hillsongs rendition of Silent Night appeared on my News Feed.
However, it was not Silent Night as your grannie knew it.
It was sung to 1920s Jazz music and accompanied by Flapper Girls. It was from their Hillsongs 2014 carol service which was hosted at Wembley. (Hillsongs have since shut down the official version, but it can still be accessed here). Opps Hillsong Censored under copyright clause!
The Hillsongs’ version of Silent night is just wrong in so many ways. One of the subjects I teach is media studies, this means I teach students to analyse media. When studying a medium, it’s important to ask questions like:
» What are the connotations?
» Does the music compliment the lyrical content?
» Is the on screen activity suitable for the genre?
» What tone is being conveyed?
Let’s just think about the connotations in this video for a moment. What are the connotations of Flapper Girls? According to Wikipedia:
Flappers were a “new breed” of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.”
Says it all doesn’t it? And you didn’t need the explanation to see that is the image that the video was conveying. Let’s look to the scriptures to see how far this vision of worship and womanhood falls from the biblical pattern:
“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness…” (1 Tim 2:9-10)
It’s clear isn’t it?
Ironically, Hillsongs is associated with the classical Pentecostal denomination, the Assemblies of God, yet I’m sure if the early AoG pioneers could see this production they would weep, wail and call for repentance.
ARE THERE NO PROPHETS LEFT IN THE PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT?
• Where are the men of God?
• Where is the Holiness?
• Where is the fear of God?
• Where is the Christ-exalting reverence which marked the early Pentecostals?
I think it is high time that the Assemblies of God got their house in order and rediscovered church discipline.
• Where are the AoG leaders who care about the honour of Christ?