Should Churches Go Back To Using Hymnals?
This post from the Ponder Anew blog has been floating around the interwebs recently. It’s technically well written (good grammar choices, punctuation, etc) but it falls flat on the lack of strength in it’s own arguments.
I’m sure the author is a nice guy, good husband, and a brother to me in Jesus. But he’s also holding the flag for a past tradition. According to his argument, it’s not enough just to sing hymns. We have to sing them using traditional (old
outdated) technology in church buildings with traditional (old outdated) architectural styles. Why? Because that’s the way the author likes it.
The authors post is summed up with three foundational principles:
2. Personal Preference
3. Idolatry of the Past
But What About Us?
It’s easy to rip on someone with a different point of view, especially when it’s a silly notion of the world. The hard thing is not to make the same mistakes.
We can’t let Sonic Flood, Chris Tomlin, or Jesus Culture become the new hymns of the past in 20 years. Folks stuck in the traditions of the 1950’s or the 1850’s are easy to spot. 2005 or 1995 are a little harder.
Additionally, we can’t be guilty of doing the equal and opposite thing. If your reasons for embracing new songs, technology and forms of worship are for the same reasons as those who won’t move on (Nonsense, personal preference, idolatry of the future) then you and I are just as guilty on the other side of the coin.
Worship Jesus. Follow Jesus.
Do so in a way that speaks to and serves the people you have now while not making it impossible to speak to and serve the people you will have in 5 years.
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