June 25, 2010 | 09:00 am

Friday – Worship Wars

In the 80s and 90s, there was a phenomenon in the church known as the worship wars. It pitted those who love the organ and hymns against those who use guitars and drums to “rock the flock.” For the traditionalists, contemporary approaches were not faithful to the genre of sacred music. For the contemporary folks, the traditionalists represented a dying breed. Each side believed they had the right way to worship. Thankfully the worship wars have subsided and we are coming to a new understanding of music in the church.
The reality is that because of the ability of music to move us, it can also be something that divides us. And it is easy to use a narrow selection of music to reach your “target audience.” Yet to open ourselves to the diversity in our communities means to open ourselves to diverse expressions of worship. Being part of a Christian community means our appreciation for music is not solely based on whether we like it personally. It is also based on the way it speaks to those around us. A variety of musical expression is a sign of being an inclusive community that creates space for all.