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Feed: internetmonk.com Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2012 11:54 AM Author: Jeff Dunn Subject: What Is A Song Good For?
We were having a good discussion about churches the other day over lunch at work. Not Church's Chicken, though that would have been appropriate. No, churches, which we have in abundance here in Tulsa. (There is one stretch of road about 3/4 of a mile long with four churches lining the street. Four in less than a mile. But that is a story for another day … ) The conversation took a turn toward music in church, what kind each person liked and didn't like. And then my friend Trish made this observation:
I think some music is good for fellowship, but not for worship.
Wow. That stayed with me the rest of the day as I helped guests find things in my electronics department at the local Target. It stayed with me all that evening, and the next day, and the next. Now, two weeks later, I am still trying to get my arms around that. "Some music is good for fellowship, but not for worship."
So I want to open this up for discussion. Are there some songs that you deem wrong for worship, but ok if you and some friends are talking and sharing and have music on in the background? Are there styles of songs that should never be used in a worship setting, but are ok for casual listening? Or do you believe worshipping the Lord should encompass all songs and all styles? Is it ok if Church A selects songs of this style, and Church B selects songs of that style? We all know that next to programs for children the music style of a church is what attracts and retains people. Should churches take this into account in deciding what style of music they will be performing in their services?
Enough questions. Now it's your turn. Play nice, now.