My daughter recently sent me a text message while she was attending a church service with a friend. She was so simple and yet so profound. The text said ” Mom, I love the music here. We sang ‘Victory in Jesus’ just like with Poppy.”
Now, let me give you a little background. “Poppy” is her deceased grandfather who attended a church with no more than 60 people all over the age of 40. There were no drums, lights, screens, or even microphones. To say it was the antithesis of contemporary would be an understatement.
And yet it struck a chord with a 13-year-old kid.
The same kid who grew up at youth camp and spent the majority of her time surfing mosh pits with teenagers and rocking out at youth conferences. She is as comfortable on a stage as any performer. She has seen so many stage set ups that she could probably EQ a room all by herself. She is a fan of loud and louder. She loves to dance and will be the first one to make up motions to any song in the worship service with no inhibition in her worship.
This kid really got me thinking about the whole debacle of music in church today. We argue about style, volume, and whatever else we can think to argue about. As a pastor’s wife, I have seen the issue up close and personal. We say “The style of music will bring more people. If you want new families–add smoke and drums. If you want senior adults add an organ.”
It has come to my attention (through my kid no less) that we are fighting a battle that cannot be won. It’s not even about blending (whatever that means).
Music is about connecting the mind and the heart. It is the language of emotion. What moves me to worship, may not effect you the same–but it is not wrong. What allows you to come into the presence of our Creator may not be my preference, but doesn’t it say something about me if I limit your experience with God to only what I want?
I don’t know when we got into the mindset that since we are all created differently that we should all be the same at church. When did “man looks at the outward but God looks at the heart quit applying?”
One person’s Audio Adrenaline, is another’s Amazing Grace–and God knows that.
Why are we using what God created to worship Him, as a tool of division? Can anyone really say that what we are doing in the name of drawing others to Christ is really about others at all?