One of the fastest advancements in technology is artificial intelligence. There are some good things happening as a result, but there is a bad side to it also, like taking jobs away from humans. It has been predicted that it will eventually get to the point where humanoids will become more dominant than people. In fact, the world’s first factory for producing humanoid robots is opening in Oregon, USA, before 2024.
Artificial intelligence(AI) has already begun to invade our spiritual life and churches. See my article on the new AI-generated app, “Texting With Jesus.” That’s not all. It is also being used in worship services. If one scans through web pages it will be observed that this is becoming a common practice. Worship flows from the hearts and souls of people, not from a human invention. Jesus said in John 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
This begs the question, “What is true worship?” A good biblical example is found in Isaiah 6:1-5. King Uzziah had a vision of the Lord sitting upon a throne with angels surrounding him. Uzziah responded, “Woe is me! For I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of people with unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Uzziah recognized his sinfulness in contrast to God’s holiness. Psalm 96:9 says, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness, tremble before him all the earth.” Come into his presence with an attitude of thanksgiving and praise (Psalm 100:4). “Oh come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker”(Psalm 95:6).
In using AI in worship one must seriously consider if it will enhance the worship experience, and not become a substitute for heart-felt worship. Will it help put us in the position of King Uzziah? Will it help us see God’s splendor and holiness, with a desire to bow down before him with thanksgiving and praise?
The other factor is in planning worship services. They need to be planned with the creativity and original intelligence with which God created us, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Guard against allowing artificial intelligence to take the place of the Divine Intelligence and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Each church must decide if they would like their songs, prayers, sermons, and scripture, to be composed by AI. Or would they prefer them to be chosen by the pastors, priests, and worship leaders. They are the ones who know the spiritual condition and needs of their congregations.
The worship in our churches must remain like that expressed in First Chronicles 29:11. “Yours O lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.”
If AI is not in line with what real worship is, then maybe it should not be part of a worship service. What are your thoughts on this issue?