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Worship: Make Love, Make War

Worship songwriter Brian Doerksen writes of a time when God placed in his mind a surprising, provocative picture that has since defined for him biblical worship. The picture seemed as though it had been ripped right from the memorable scenes of the hippie movements of the '60s. There was a crowd of "bedraggled-looking young people" holding up signs that said, "Make Love, Not War." But as Doerksen looked closer, one of the words on the signs changed so that they all read "Make Love, Make War." Doerksen thought to himself, Could God possibly be saying something that provocative [about worship]? Doerksen concluded that he was—that God was using the image to call on Doerksen and his church to rise up. He writes:

The gathering of the church is meant to be a number of things: a hospital to heal the sick and wounded; a family where everyone is accepted; a school where we are taught the Word of God; and an army that engages and defeats the Enemy to see the kingdom of God advance.
Becoming a worshiper means becoming a warrior. And by toning that down—or cutting it out altogether—we have sent men and women away from the church in droves. It's time to call them back. We need warriors to return. But we need them to return as worshiping warriors. That doesn't mean that all we do is sit around and sing. What I mean the most by the phrase worshiping warriors is warriors who are surrendered to God. Warriors who know that their authority comes because they are under authority—warriors willing to wait (even when everyone else is rushing ahead) or act decisively to walk in obedience.
We can be little w warriors because our King is a capital W Warrior. He's a warrior, not because he loves to kill and destroy, but because he defends and protects his own. Our King is a warrior because there is a rebellion against his rule and reign.

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