Friday, January 23, 2015

I'm indifferent about worship styles, but that's not what matters.

A close friend of mine shared a piece with me about one worship leader's "journey" away from contemporary worship.  Click here to read "my-journey-away-from-contemporary-worship-music"

My only real critique on the piece is this: What is theologically deeper than love?  The author address the shortcomings (in his mind) of the song "One thing remains" as an example of how in his opinion modern contemporary worship music is inferior to the traditional hymns.

I JN 4 says "God is love"
"[7] Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. [8] Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:7-8 ESV)

John's Gospel claims love motivated God to send Jesus to save us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 ESV)

And Paul says how love is the greatest virtue, "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV)

I truly have no preference anymore when it comes to worship music.  I like the newer songs, and I enjoy the traditional hymns.  Both offer a lot.  Ironically, even the old songs were new once... so they were "contemporary" when they were first sung. 

And who is to say our music is narrowed down to only theological instruction?  Emotions stir and motivate, and hopefully there is a place in our music to do both, to instruct and move us.  The sermon will hopefully provide what some people think our hymns should.  Realistically, with worship there isn't a contemporary or traditional dichotomy in God's mind, there is only the eternal.  

I see nothing dishonoring in either style of music, traditional or contemporary.  Both have their place.  And, both speak the heart language of people, you just have to figure out how to interpret them, and who needs which type to be reached so that no group is alienated.   To honor God and to reach the hearts of people, isn't that the goal of our music anyway?  

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