It seems the topic of the songs Christians sing on Sunday mornings is getting some discussion again in my circles (see Shelley, Goodyear, or Stackhouse ), and it's come to my attention that I've never really weighed in on the subject online.
I don't think I'm going to now either.
What I will do is throw a few questions out there which I hope can bridge a bit of the gap between the increasingly fragmented camps.
Please note, I'm not a fan of framing things in an "either/or" manner, but in this case I think it helps in highlighting the two "sides" of the discussion.
My hope is that in asking such polarized questions we'll see how complicated a unified corporate expression through song is and realize just how rad it is when our songs actually succeed in bringing us together before and in praise of God.
And with that said...
Is the music we sing a reflection of who we are? Or is it a reflection of who God is?
Are the songs we sing to be personal expressions of subjective praise? Or a corporate exercise in proclaiming objective truth(s)?
Do we sing a reality we wish to live? Or one we so desperately desire to escape?
Are the lyrics we pen lines of authentic self-expression? Or do they aspire to "sing into being" the re-fashioned selves we long for?