Sunday, July 06, 2008

Music and church...

Our church has been going through a...umm...what shall we call it? Worship War? Music discussion? Rethinking of how we use instruments and voices?

I don't think I should post about it as it's not quite officially public. Or maybe it is. I dunno, but I wouldn't want to be the one to let the cat out of the bag.

But I noticed that Dan Kimball has been doing some research into the history of worship controversies. This quote struck me, as I'm pretty sure I've heard something just like it before:

"What is wrong with the inspiring hymns with which we grew up? When I go to church, it is to worship God, not to be distracted with learning a new hymn. Last Sunday's was particularly unnerving. The tune was un-singable and the new harmonies were quite distorting."

You know what song they were talking about? It was "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and the letter was written in 1890!

Incidentally, did I ever tell you about the time I led worship in church and was then told afterwards that I didn't know how to play my guitar properly so I should just throw it out?


Brad said...

I miss those "discussions" as much as I miss eating steak from a smoker my friend mike put together after his barbecue almost burnt the building down! The memories are great ... the steak ... not that great:-)

On this topic (and more) I saw a quote from a book about a guy named Billy Graham. This is what he did regarding his purpose

"Billy’s associates insist his drive to innovate was rooted in his calling to reach out to others with God’s love. What else, they ask, could motivate him in the 1960s to don sunglasses, shabby clothes, and a baseball cap to mingle in New York City among protesters of Students for a Democratic Society? Why else would he walk into a music store, load up on rock albums, and then sit down in his Montreat home to hear an unfamiliar generation’s coming-of-age anthems? Graham left his generational comfort zone because he believed in his message and loved those who needed to hear it."

Why can't people drop their comfort zone and reach out into someone elses comfort zone for the sake of God's kingdom? I see young people doing it all the time ... I see Godly older people doing it all the time. It's the immature Christians (usually the one's who think their the most mature) who cause divisions like music.

There's my two cents.

Knotter said...

Hey now...I happen to know that any steak that someone is talking about 8-9 years later must have been a dang good steak!

I appreciate your two cents. And it makes me want to go listen to music.

jon said...

i think the real worship war should be over whether to sing at all for awhile. sometimes you need to take a break from a sacred cow. singing "The Heart of Worship" doesn't cut it. but i feel i'm beating a dead horse here.

frankly, the worship war is a good chance to challenge both sides AND MOST OF ALL, to get people to learn to dialogue, listen, and speak the truth in love. if they can't even begin to do that they probably shouldn't be pretending to worship together anyway.

Knotter said...

I, too, am a big fan of the "let's take a break and not sing...and not because of Mat Redman and what his church did back in the day."

We should play more Scrabble.