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Hymns

A friend of mine, whose husband is a minister of music, said that her senior pastor remarked, "God doesn't bless churches that use hymns in worship."

WHAT?!?

What do you think about this? This absolutely floored me. C.S. Lewis called it "chronological snobbery", the belief that just because something is NEW it's automatically BETTER than what was before it.

Sure, there are hymns that are, in my opinion, poorly written or not theologically rich. And there are contemporary songs that are substantive and beautiful. I think the heart of the matter is this:

Does the song exalt Christ and is it biblical?

Thoughts?

5 comments:

Its so easy to put God in a box based on what makes us comfortable. We all do it. Of course that Pastor's comment is just silly. There are so many ways to exalt our Lord...and he created them all! From rock and roll to acapella, hymns, dance, old practices like chanting and liturgy, processions and candle lighting, banging the tamborine and playing the pipe organ. The Christian Church has a long and diverse history of worship practices ...its all good when done to His glory and does not cause a brother to stumble.

May 30, 2007 at 9:41 AM  

Yikes mike! That sounds very much in the same vein as people who harp that God cannot be glorified through use of drums or guitars. *ahem*

It's too bad that he is so focused on one generation out of many and leaving out/dissing the faithful generation who raised us......

I'm hoping that maybe he was speaking off the cuff and will give that more thought before he broadcasts it and hurts God's faithful people....the very ones we are called to respect and look to for wisdom.

May 30, 2007 at 10:42 AM  

We use a combination of opening/closing hymn, and a modern praise set during the service. It is a beautiful thing. I love the old hymns, and there are fabulous new worship songs too. I don't think we need to close the door either type!

May 30, 2007 at 10:44 AM  

Well, I'm of the younger generation and I happen to love hymns. I also like praise music, but typically the lyrics of most of the hymns are just beautiful and full of meaning.
I find a lot of Christians my age don't know hardly any hymns, and I think it's really sad because they minister to me so much.

May 30, 2007 at 10:05 PM  

The worship wars have taken their toll on our congregation too! We have found the prejudice of the younger generation against hymns to be just as strong as the prejudice of the older generation towards the new music! Sometimes hubby feels like he's the rope in the tug of war! I can't believe that Senior Pastor said that!

June 1, 2007 at 11:34 AM  

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