Worship MYTH to BUST today: Secular Music is a BAD thing to do in church
I recently received a question about worship, as is usual in my corner of the social media world. Here is the note and my response. Please share your opinions and thoughts on this. I will pass them on to my new friend from a far away place.
Rich, there is a long time discussion in my place regarding an ordinary love song and Christian songs. An incident took place once in my city where the local artists sang a non Gospel love song in a local wedding which is held in a Church and raises opposition by the Pastor. Can you provide some ideas and opinion about this?
Here is my response:
This sounds very familiar.
One Christian leader says, “there are is no Christian music, only Christian lyrics.” I would take that further to say that at a wedding it is biblical to sing about love between a man and woman. The scripture celebrates this fact. As long as the lyrics of the song do not conjure up unbiblical ideas or immoral ideas I see no problem in singing a non-church or non-gospel song at a wedding–even if that wedding is in a church building.
The issue may be that there are songs that can only be sung in church. I say that we as Christians give music its context. And, as long as the content of the song is in line with who we are and what the Bible teaches then we should have liberty to do so. Was it a “sin” listed in the Bible to sing this song?
It is also common that artists enjoy pushing the edges of everyone’s comfort without realizing the impact of that path of choices. It is prudent to count the cost. In other words, was it worth the headache and pain to sing that song? It may very well be! Artists need to be aware of there impact. The key here is keeping true to how you live and what you say in your music.
Share your opinions about secular music in a church setting.