The Music Rocks!

I have been tasked with working on a new logo for our church as we move toward rolling out our new website. A brief look at the old website will give you an idea of why we may need a new one.

In order to get the creative juices flowing, I have been looking around at logos for other churches from all over the country. Every now and then, I read a bit about that church and today, I read something that made my heart sink.

There is a church that shall remain nameless who writes this about their Sunday music:

Know that the Music Rocks!

We have electric guitars and drums. Our music is amplified, passionate, and focused on how good God is. When the band is going full tilt, it’s loud enough that no one will know if you’re singing or not. So stand back and watch or sing at the top of your lungs – whichever makes you feel more comfortable.

Now, if you know me at all, you know I love electric guitars and big walls of musical sound. However, I get seriously uneasy when I read things like the paragraph above. Let me tell you why:

1. The dominant idea of this description of a Sunday music set is not the gospel of Christ, it is the style of music. This immediately alienates thousands of people who are searching for a good Bible believing church, but struggle with musical styles. It also communicates to readers that the music is worth showing up for. It’s not. Music is a tool we use to offer praises to God, if we elevate it to a position of importance, we bury the only thing that unifies us when we gather, the cross of Jesus Christ.

2. There has been a push in the last few years to undo the effects of the 3rd sentence in this paragraph. It was thought that overly loud music would actually encourage the congregation to sing by masking the imperfections and making it generally impossible to hear yourself or anyone else sing. The dominant sound of a Sunday meeting should be the human voice. Singing together encourages unity and faith. This is why Ephesians 5 says that we are to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. When we sing, we not only magnify the Lord, we mutually encourage one another to sing with greater zeal and genuine passion. This doesn’t work if we can’t hear each other. Not everyone can be the Passion conference, and we shouldn’t try to be.

3. Why any church would encourage people to “watch” the band play as if it were a concert is beyond me. We must make it our aim to encourage others to never simply sit and watch. When we gather on Sundays we gather to encounter the living GOD! No one just sits back and watches HIm. We engage with Him. We respond with joy in Him. We express with our voices and our bodies the gratefulness welling up inside of us because this great and all-powerful God of the universe would even think about us, let alone enter into relationship with us.

My encouragement to you is that wherever you attend church on Sundays that you might sing with all your might to the Lord, excepting to meet with Him, for He does meet with us. And if you don’t know this great God who saves souls, He wants to meet you as well. Go to church, not for the music, but so that you may encounter God in the midst of His people and learn of this great love that He extends to you in Jesus Christ.

And now for your viewing pleasure, the contemporvent church:

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