Although writing a new song for the church lately, I located myself wanting a word that rhymed with ‘darkness’. ‘Harness’? ‘Unto us’? There didn’t look to be lots of alternatives. I turned to the individual I was sitting with and exclaimed, ‘if only there had been an apostle Marcus!’
Properly, that sounds ridiculous, but it did remind me that there are some church songs out there that, for the sake of squeezing out a rhyme (or matching a meter, or quantity of lines per verse and so forth), permitted for some dodgy theology.
Certainly, all theology should really be 100% correct. But church songwriters should really possibly be doubly cautious, rather than half as a great deal (as they from time to time look to be). Simply because by its quite nature, something simplified and set to music becomes additional memorable, specially when it is heard more than and more than.
And if there are believers in the globe with access to songs but with out access to bibles – which there are
…and if there are unbelievers in the globe who are not exposed to any theology except via songs – and there are
…and if there are any believers who do not commit a great deal – or even any – time reading the bibles in their rooms, but commit their ‘time with God’ just listening to Christian music – which there also are
Then the tips in the lyrics can grow to be peoples’ theology.
Some of our older hymns seem to be written by folks who had this in thoughts. These writers basically took the chance to teach as a great deal theology as feasible via their lots of words-per-line, lots of lines-per-verse, lots of verses-per-hymn songs. Which aids folks study theological truths via them.
But I suspect that with today’s quick consideration spans that strategy could possibly backfire due to the fact we could possibly tune out (pun slipped in by association, possibly!) on account of not becoming utilized to processing so lots of words in our praise and worship songs.
On the other hand, Modern Christian Music (CCM) is increasingly recognized for its sparse lyrics and easy, repeated refrains. But even if the lyrics are down to their bare bones – or specially if they are! – we want to make confident they are biblically correct! That does not imply they cannot be words from the Holy Spirit, that are not actual quotes from the Bible. But it does imply that what ever is becoming mentioned is in line with and does not confuse or contradict scripture.
So for all church songwriters out there: let’s make confident our songs are theologically sound. We should really get assist if we cannot say factors accurately inside the musical constraints. As nicely as be prepared to either ask a wordsmith and elders in the church to assist. Or else to alter the music so that the words can be correct.
And a side note for listeners – in hearing the words of any song, just as we are to do with the words of any preacher or prophet, let’s recall to test them. See if they line up with scripture due to the fact we know that there is a opportunity they may perhaps not.
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This post was submitted by Vicki Payne. Connect with her on the web through her weblog, exactly where she shares her observations on life.
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