Let’s admit it, if you go to just about any church today you will see (and probably not hear) a lot of “music mumblers” during the song service. These are the people who just mumble the words or just plain don’t sing at all. Now, I might be in danger of nit-picking here but I believe the main culprits in this “music-mumbling-mayhem” are my own gender – the males. There’s a lot of timid dude singers out there. In many churches, the few men who open their mouths to sing do so timidly, almost afraid to be heard. So why aren’t men singing in church?
If you clicked on this blog post, locked and loaded with your arguments to defend or destroy a specific stance on Christian music, you may lower your weapons. I’m unarmed. Instead of challenging your thoughts on music, I would like to challenge your thoughts on worship. And if you thought I was being redundant in that sentence, then you might have just proven my point.
Music is powerful. Artistic words carried to the ear by tear-jerking melody, driving beats, or care-free tunes make their way to the deepest parts of the soul and stay there. Music can evoke feelings and emotions in a way that the spoken word never can.
Have you ever thought about why music is so powerful and how it evokes such deep emotion? I believe the most powerful music speaks to one of two things in the heart of the listener: either a deep desire or a personal experience. In other words, we emotionally connect with a song when our heart’s response is "I want that," or "I've felt that." If you turn your radio to the local hit music station, most of the songs you hear will speak to one or both of those messages.
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