October 6, 2015

Read Romans 14:1

I didn't grow up In church, so I'm going to be completely transparent about this. I don't understand the fuss around church music. 

I have no historical or emotional attachment to traditional hymns. And I don't listen to pop music on the radio, and much of contemporary Christian music seems to copy that genre more than any other. 

Having shared that, I'll mention the one thing I feel strongly about when it comes to music in the church, and that's our reaction when we hear something we don't like. Even though the Bible is a hard-edged, black-and-white book, the love of God contained in it is intended to be something that unites, not divides. 

I don't think it's a stretch to say that church music can potentially become something that divides. Churches have split, and others limp along because of differing opinions about the music. Romans 14:1 says, “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.”

The secret is out. The secular world knows that we fight over music styles. How can we hope to show love to people who have previously rejected Jesus if we can't show love to people who like to worship Jesus differently than us?