Okay old-timers, pay attention up.
I am chatting with folks 95 and above, with just a few younger whipper-snappers in there too, like me. I am solely 75, however I “get it” while you speak about a number of the music within the church.
This is the deal. Rising up, my church, in all probability your church too, had these books. Bear in mind the books? Big collections of songs written wherever from the Center Ages toIsaac Watts, the Fanny Crosy period, to only a few years again. We sang all of it. What we did not perceive, the higher songleaders would clarify, and our comprehension of the issues of God grew in each track service.
Nobody fashion was honored above one other. There have been quick bumpy tunes and majestic making-you-want-to-worship songs. Songs we may relate to and songs that had been “on the market” to be discerned on one other day. Songs for the younger, songs for the previous. Selection.
Quick ahead. It is the twenty-first century. By and enormous, youth have taken over the music program. It was wiser, we thought, to provide them sway, than to see them go down the road to a different church that was “woke”, or to no church in any respect. And all of their “homies” (keep in mind that phrase? That was up to date only a few years in the past, now smiled at) would have the ability to hear about Jesus. We might grin and bear it.
And. The music they introduced in was usually theologically sound, even when the opposite “sound” was disagreeable to half the congregation. However the music they introduced in was the one music we heard after awhile, not that nice combination I described above. Monolithic. One comparatively small group of musical choices. Gone had been the Center Ages. Gone Isaac Watts. Gone Fanny Crosby. Solely the cool stuff with an occasional bone despatched out to the 95 and over crowd to allow them to know they had been in church…
Sure, us previous guys can nonetheless study. We are able to “transfer on” if we should. However does it must be on the value of a treasured assortment of music God has given His folks over the centuries?
C’mon, mud off these books. A few of us are so previous we won’t see your screens and we definitely do not know the phrases and we won’t rock to the beat. Give us a break, sure? Tell us that the church we helped deliver into the world desires to deliver us again into the church.