Encouraging a higher standard for Christian music

click this link to read the original article I posted on 19 NOV 2009:

Is Your Church Music Junk Food?

The music of our hymns has been subjected to false and foolish criteria that have moved it far from its higher purpose. A hymn’s tune should reflect the mood and meaning of the text. It should focus our attention on the words, and enhance our understanding of their message. But instead, we have assumptions such as:

1) “The church has to keep up with the fashions of the world.” No. God says, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I Jn. 2:15). “For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Lk. 16:15). “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord” (II Cor. 6:17).

2) “The music should please me; it should be what I want.” That very much depends! If what you like is tainted significantly with worldly associations, how can it be a fitting vehicle to please God? And shouldn’t we be much more concerned with pleasingHim? Who is the real audience in our worship? Us? Or God? It reminds me of the Israelites wanting to copy the worship style of the idolatrous heathen nations (cf. Deut. 12:29-32).

3) “We need to draw a crowd. We need to stir up excitement.” H-m-m… Where in the Bible does it say this is the job of sacred music? We are to “teach and admonish [exhort, warn]” one another with our hymnody (Col. 3:16). And in worship, the “excitement” of our songs should arise from an understanding of who God is, and what He has done for us (Ps. 28:7), not be something stirred up by a musical manipulation of our emotions. That confuses emotional excitement with spiritual edification. R. Cottrill of http://wordwisehymns.com/


Comments on: "Is Your Church Music Junk Food?" (1)

  1. To answer your question, Yes it is junk food!

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