In our media-saturated culture today, there is a movement within the church to place a greater emphasis on music, multimedia, drama, and other forms of art over the preaching of the Word of God. This makes sense, since we are immersed in a culture that values subjectivity over solid, objective truth. Now, there’s nothing wrong with art itself, but when it takes a function that it was never intended to fulfill, we are left with confusion.
“Even though it is true that every kind of nonverbal expression possesses uniqueness, it is likewise true that no form of nonverbal expression can do what words can do. A jazz riff can no more articulate a methodology for day trading than a Bach fugue can explain substitutionary atonement. So every form of nonverbal expression, instead of going beyond what words can do, simply goes its own way, just as words go their way in doing what no other form of expression can do. And since truth is the most important thing that we can articulate, and since words are a better vehicle for this than any other existing form of expression, the word remains preeminent among all other forms.” (p. 193) – Harold Best, Unceasing Worship