Maybe a “musical” sounds frivolous, something that only a certain segment of the population would enjoy. Maybe it just seems like mere entertainment, what is not considered a need. Why put the unchanging message of the Gospel of the Kingdom and carry it in this form? They are all good questions, and possibly there are some underlying assumptions that form those questions and opinions. So, why should Story of God the Musical be taken to the country and around the world? Let me give you a few reasons.
1) THE STORY IS A FORM FOR US ~ As humans, we have a thing for stories. Whether around the campfire, at bedtime, or on a long evening, we like to hear a good story. Most people don’t realize the Bible is mostly in narrative form (story), and not just sets of information. Jesus demonstrated this one for us, and captured the imaginations of people by telling parables (earthly stories with heavenly meaning). The Bible is made up of many parts (books), but as a whole it is the history (story) of God revealing Himself and His Kingdom to the world and how He intends to bring the world back to Himself. The Story of God helps us see how the parts of the Bible come together to tell us something important. It is a true story with wonder, betrayal, hope, suffering, forgiveness, and overcoming. Like any story, you fall in love with the hero. But what happens when you realize the Hero you’ve fallen in love with is real, present, and in love with you too?
2) THE STORY CAN CROSS BARRIERS TO US ~There are a few things that cross the barriers of most every culture: concern for children, need for community, athletic activities, and music. Even when we may not like a particular style of music—it’s not my “tribe’s” music—most of us will still have an appreciation for a live performance from a skilled musician. And the tricky thing about music is that it gets in us. We start tapping a foot, swaying to the sound, and before we realize it, it has touched our hearts. The Story of God delivered through music and live performance has the chance to spiritually touch hearts, because it is music containing truth.
3) THE STORY CAN ENGAGE US ~ We all have our criticisms of entertainment and the foul things that are depicted in movies, music videos, and live performances. But we ourselves admit that we all enjoy a great story, and have been moved by certain depictions by actors, musicians, and performers. And our bank accounts prove it. We and many others value entertainment. What is entertainment? It’s what holds our attention and engages our minds, delighting us and holding our attention. Is it possible for us to take the Story of God and tell it in an engaging way? Using drama, dance, music, and visual art all combined in the form of a “musical,” could we capture imaginations for God?
I have three more great reasons, but I’ll save it for you in the next post! Pray for our team—we’re doing a week of fund-prayer-raising in five different cities over the next 10 days. We hope to raise $15,000 to help finish production costs of sets, lights, costumes, and sound.
--Shannon McCready, Executive Director