Some of the best art I’ve heard/seen has been in church or Christian circles. And some of the worst art I’ve heard/seen has been in church or Christian circles. The response to both was about the same: positive and encouraging. When does being encouraging cross the line into telling someone that crap is good?
I am reminded of American Idol auditions where terrible singers walk out after the judges tear them to pieces and say, “They don’t know what they’re talking about. All my friends and family love my singing.” (And then there are the many amazing singers on talent shows who credit the church as the place they learned to sing.)
The church I’m attending now requires singers and musicians to audition before they can join the worship team. I think that’s going a little too far. But where is the balance?
I don’t want to discourage anyone from creating art. Which is more damaging: telling someone their screeching is beautiful singing, or asking them not to sing?