I had to buy new razor blades this week. I know this may come as a shock to most of you – “What?!? He’s so manly, I assumed he shaved his face with a bowie knife.” Sorry to disappoint you, but that is simply not the case. My tender face can’t even handle a single blade, so a bowie knife is definitely out of the question. I’m a three-blade gentleman, but I’m far too modest for the new five-blade razors, though.
However, I have always been intrigued by the concept of a five-blade razor. Will it offer a smoother shave, or will it leave 5 slices along my jawline instead of 3 slices? They also cost about $8 more, and I am not confident that the benefits of two extra blades will justify the added cost.
Luckily, in my 4-pack of three-bladed razors, I received a free sample of a five-blade razor. It was like Christmas in July. However, I was quickly disappointed. I thought it would be better. I simply couldn’t tell a difference with the two extra blades. The 5-blade razor looks a lot cooler than my common 3-blade, but the overall performance was the same.
I’m sure your church has added some extra blades over the past few years. Do you remember when your church graduated from those clear protector sheets to Powerpoint slides? Did you almost have a heart attack the first time your church sang a song that was not in the hymnal? What about that time when some artist painted a portrait of Jesus while the congregation sang “Old Rugged Cross?”
At our church, we always have a special song that is sung following the sermon. Growing up, we called this the “invitation song,” because it was your chance to come forward with prayer requests, big-time confessions, or desires to be baptized. At our church in Nashville, I call it the “theme song,” because it is usually a cool song that helps connect the sermon to the artistic places in your heart.
Sometimes, these songs are in the Contemporary Christian genre, but other times these songs are “secular” (I can hear the Church Lady now). It’s something different. More blades to the razor. Here’s a quick rundown of a few artists whose lyrics have bounced off the walls of our worship center: Katy Perry (Wow, speaking of secular. Don’t worry, we didn’t sing the one about kissing girls), The Beatles (now we’re talking), Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum (representing Nashville, duh), and most recently Mumford & Sons.
I think that stuff is great, and I’m sure there’s some naysayers out there. In life, and in the church, there is a tendency to “keep up with the Joneses.” Part of this is to keep up with the times. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want to crawl into a catacomb each Sunday like the First Century Christians. I love the old hymns, but Chris Tomlin and Hillsong United have written some pretty legit stuff.
So the church adds blades to its razor. Sometimes they flop, and they are simply not worth it, like the new 5-blade razors.
Other times they deliver the Truth of the Gospel in a different way impact people who would have otherwise remained on the sidelines.
What blades has your church added over the years?
Was it worth it?