Take a look at at the photo above. From your first impressions, what do you see? You look at the piercings, the cap and the location of the shot and you might think that this guy is probably a skateboarder who listens to alternative rock. He likely is not the kind of guy you would see in a church, right?
Would you believe that this guy is a pastor? Would you also believe that he is a graffiti artist?
His name is Cameron Moberg but he likes to go by Camer1. I recently discovered him when I was watching the first episode of Street Art Throwdown. (I’m into these kind of shows.) When the contestants were introducing themselves, it was pretty standard. But when Cameron showed up and said that he was a pastor, it threw people off guard.
“When I say I’m a Christian, often times the artist is confused by that or the Christian is confused by the fact that I am a graffiti artist,” he said on the show. “I have always felt that I can’t be either/or. I just want to show the world it’s OK to be who you are.”
Check out this video of him talking about how he got into graffiti and his faith.
Being creative is a gift from God that Cameron has recognized and wants to use in some way as worship. It’s hard to sometimes really grasp the concept of worship. Most times our idea of worship is mainly what we sing before the sermon every Sunday. God doesn’t want our worship to be limited to just songs.
Cameron saw that his passion for art and creativity was an avenue for him to worship God. And also, it gave him a calling to reach to people in a very unconventional way. What God has done is give Cameron more power through his passions and talents. He recognizes that every piece of art created is a celebration of God’s wonders.
Thinking about this is very inspiring and it makes me wonder what kind of passions do I have. Do I even recognize them as a gift from God?
I remember being told so many times that worship is not just singing in church. Worship, I was told, was me using all my God-given talent to my full potential. Much like the parable Jesus told about the servants and the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), we are given talents that should not be wasted. And when we recognize our talents and use them to our fullest potential, that is praise and celebration of the gifts from God.
I could be worshipping God when I am at work. Every thing that I do, I do to my best because God has blessed me with so many skills to get to this point. My work is my public celebration of God. It may not seem very public since I am not shouting for joy with every thing that I do at work, but I know I’ve built a foundation. My passion as a storyteller in my job is my form of worship outside of church. Who knows what may come from this act of passionate worship.
When we do something because of our love and passion, people will notice. When we do it with a worship and love of God’s great gift, people will notice. The presence of God is different. Maybe that opens up a conversation and the word of God becomes the topic of conversation.
What talents do you have? What are your passions? Can you think of a way where you can take that and make it worship?
Take a moment and pray with God. Ask for wisdom and guidance. You might not realize how much He has given you and what kinds of potential are waiting to be unearthed. Like Cameron, sometimes worship can come from places you least expect.
Samuel Lam: Samuel is a Bay Area native living in Southern California working in sports media. He blogs on many topics, including sports, music, movies, travel and especially faith. Sam also runs his own personal sports blog on his free time. Check him out at: Green Eggs and Lam & But At The End Of The Day.