My Journey Away from Contemporary #Worship Music

TO JOEL WATTS:

“Over the years when I would occasionally hear a hymn, the language was always strikingly foreign, with Ebenezers and bulwarks, diadems and fetters. Which only served to confirm my bias that hymns were simply out-of-date. They had served their purpose. They had run their course”

This post is an exact description of my journey! For the few conversations I had with Joel Watts on this issue, he feels either exactly the same way or in a similar way! In my view the “link” between us, current Christians (avoiding the word “actual”) and those who came before us, who left us a legacy of Christian worship, has been broken and that is perhaps the most harming aspect of the obsession for what is called “contemporary worship” which is in and of itself a contradiction of terms, as if God planned and desired to be worship differently in different epochs… So, read this article and I hope it helps someone who, as a “current Christian” desiring to keep up with his times, has somehow despised the old hymns.

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One Reply to “My Journey Away from Contemporary #Worship Music”

  1. Religion has much in common with government. In order for a government to long survive, it must meet the needs of people here and now. Much the same is true of religion. Stories and promises of some future utopia are not enough to sustain either.

    Religion in American life, indeed Christianity in American life, ran off the rails six decades ago when preachers began confusing Christian faith with Cold War patriotism. If Christianity is going to survive as a viable moral persuader in American life, it is going to have to first disentangle itself from politics. That will not be easily done.

    Since at least the fourth century, perhaps because of the faith’s early roots as a persecuted faith, the church has been cozening up to secular power. In the process, it has repeatedly sold its soul so many times, Jesus may well have been a male prostitute to the affluent!

    It is largely this God and mammon hypocrisy that the Millennial Generation rejects. They see churchmen rather than Christians and greed instead of grace.

    Even those Millennials still attuned to Christianity are seeking faith in a new direction. Thus, the emergence of contemporary worship even in more traditional churches. In some cases, this has created a house divided in the name of Christ. This situation attracts no converts.

    Furthermore, Millennials may be the first generation in American history to understand what often passes for faith among the senior set is actually an addiction. Often, it is little more than a Pavlovian response to a particular ambiance, music, scriptural text, and style of preaching that, while it may appeal to older generations, leaves today’s youth feeling empty.

    Today’s elders in the faith need not change the church in order to accommodate youth. At the same time, the older generation should be quite aware that, after they die, young folks will either change the church or abandon it. Which way they go tomorroe may largely depend on how they are treated today.

    The handwriting is on the wall. The current church paradigm has run its course in the foreseeable future.

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