Yesterday, I defined churchy as an atmosphere that feels religious, pious and pretentious. Another area that I believe the church has lagged behind our culture is with music. The style of music our culture continues to change and yet the style of music in the church remains the same. I believe that even our music can become a tradition that keeps us from reaching people with the Gospel.
When you read about people worshiping God with music in the Bible, you get the idea that they rocked it out for God.
2 Sameul 6:5
David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.
I love it. They celebrated before the Lord. They weren’t boring and dull. They played instruments of all kinds. Stringed instruments and cymbals. Sounds like guitars and drums! I bet they would have used a keyboard if it existed then. And yet somehow many people in the church today get offended if we want to rock out for God. If people will go to a concert and get crazy for a band, why shouldn’t the church get crazy for Jesus?
Music helps us connect with God. It helps us connect on an emotional level. You can’t deny being moved by music. I believe we should use any and all music to connect with God. At our church we use original songs, songs from other Christian artists and even songs from secular artists to connect with God. No one has the market on music (Christian or secular), because God created it. We have sung U2, Bon Jovi, and even GNR to help people connect with God. Anytime we can connect people and the music they know and love with God, we lead them to worship Him. Church shouldn’t sound churchy!