Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on July 2, 2017
Several years ago, Laurel and I met a couple from Columbus, OH while we were staying at a bed and breakfast in Fairmont, IN. Since we all had children at a nearby Christian University, we began to talk about churches, and the conversation turned awkward.
It was like when you start talking about God with your cousin, who is a Jehovah’s Witness; things can get touchy before you even say anything controversial.
Finally, they broke off the conversation saying, “Our church is different than any other. We have no music in our worship service.”
They weren’t talking about instruments. They were talking about music. Their church had none. We hadn’t even been talking about music. But that was their issue. And it was sensitive.
I was stunned.
I really wanted to know how a group of Christians can come to the conclusion that they are better off without music in worship than with music in worship.
I feel sure part of their decision was a realization that music is controversial. It’s so controversial that people have made good money writing books about it – naming the issue, “The Worship War,” with book titles like Worship Wars, Putting an End to the Worship Wars, and Beyond Worship Wars. There are more sequels than a Star Trek franchise!
So, if music is that controversial, then why did God incorporate it as part of our worship? There are some really good reasons, when you think about it.
Consider those in this podcast, alone.