Preaching To The Choir… When Is It A GOOD Thing?

Written by John DeGroff on March 29, 2019

You often hear someone use the phrase “preaching to the choir” as if it’s a bad thing.

Personally, I think it’s time to reconsider that view. After all, why not “preach to the choir”? They need to hear what the preacher has to say just like everyone else. They also need the support, the pep talk and the inspiration like everyone else.

Let’s take into consideration the role of the choir, though. The visual aspect of where the choir is positioned during the service literally puts them in the place of having the preacher’s back. They’re on the platform with him, behind him but with him, facing the congregation. A good worship leader and/or choirmaster will co-ordinate song selections with the sermon theme. The preacher and the choir support each other.

There are so many examples of a leader/preacher having a special relationship with their followers throughout scripture.

David, before he was king, had an incredible relationship with the men who followed him into battle, and even into exile. The best examples are found in 2nd Samuel 23:8-39 and I Chronicles 11:10. And even more telling examples of David as a true leader were the times when in exile from King Saul, he could have killed Saul, but did not out of respect and honor. (I Sam. 24:4; 26:5)

Perhaps the best example in the New Testament is Christ preaching what is known as the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew chapters 5-7, and also in Luke 6:12-20). This incredible sermon was preached to the common people, the poor and needy with which Christ most often interacted.

There are also many examples of Christ going off alone with just his disciples in order to minister deeper truth to them. He was preaching and reaching not only the choir, but anyone who would listen.

Even though they deserted Him, Peter denied Him and Judas betrayed Him in His final hours, it was this relationship that they cultivated together that lead to the rise of the Christian Church. In spite of all the negativity the world has to offer, the preacher/choir relationship always creates a remnant ready to work. (Ezekiel 6:8; Joel 2:32)

So, how are all these scriptural references relatable to our current situation?

Consider what all of us deplorables know. We are lied to on a daily basis by liberals and the media (…excuse the redundancy.) We’re often treated like servants rather than citizens. Most liberals feel they are our betters. The liberals in Congress have forgotten they are elected representatives and not rulers.

This is why President Trump’s rallies have become essential to us…”the choir”. He’s speaking directly to us, not down to us, like 8 years of Barak Hussein Obama lectures were. President Trump is letting us know he’s with us.

Granted, truthfully, he’s a horrible public speaker. I don’t know for certain, but I feel that the rally speeches are extraneous, off-the-cuff, in the moment presentations. If he uses notes, he probably doesn’t look at them often. He’s definitely not giving a lecture.

But, that’s partly why the rallies are so well attended. He’s not saying what everybody wants to hear. He’s saying what everybody already knows. He’s simply one of the first elected officials (…I almost said politicians, but he’s not…) who is simply validating the empirical truth we all see, hear and know. He’s not whitewashing anything.

He’s most definitely preaching to us, the choir. We in turn, every single one of us, needs to show our support by doing 3 things:

-pray for the nation
-pray for the president
-and pray for the strength, knowledge and wisdom we need to stay in the fight.

In closing, thank you Mr. President. Keep preaching…we’re listening.

John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.