"People in our culture in general are already in process of being accustomed to accept nondefined, contentless religious words and symbols, without any rational or historical control. Such words and symbols can be filled with the content of the moment. The words "Jesus" or "Christ" are the most ready for the manipulator. The phrase "Jesus Christ" has become a contentless banner which can be carried in any direction for sociological actions directly contrary to the teaching of Christ." Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There, P. 90.
Using this quote as a backdrop, I would like to initiate a discussion on what I call, "the music of glory". I believe this is important and is a logical aspect of our narrative on "the weight of glory". Since the late fifties most of us have been conditioned to believe that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." That is, personal taste is everything in determining whether music is "good" or "bad".
As I introduce this subject, I realize that I am embarking on a dangerous path. But, if we believe that Scripture touches every area of life, surely we can derive answers in the area of music and musical taste or preference.
Would a God who is so specific on so many subjects, not communicate with His children concerning a practice that is obviously so important to His Kingdom? I believe the answer is strongly in the affirmative.
As we sing each week, I encourage you think about the music of worship collectively, and the music that influences your worship privately. May the reality of His glorious presence in our lives, lead us to a better understanding of our ministry and our music!