I think just about every worship pastor I know has occasionally had to deal with disagreements about music style. This seems to be a debate that is of far more concern to churches in the United States than in other countries, probably because we seldom, if ever, need to worry about responding to 75% of our congregation being unemployed, or fearing government raids in which we could be arrested for meeting to worship, or living in the middle of a war zone where our congregants are being killed/terrorized/tortured, or wondering how we are going to care for the AIDS orphans in our village.
I am not making light of worship style issues or suggesting that we shouldn’t discuss them; we certainly should have open conversation on the subject. I am simply suggesting that it might help to approach these discussions from a larger perspective—globally, historically, culturally, and biblically. And that is why I finally bit the bullet and preached a sermon on music style. In it, I try to provide some of that perspective.
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