Is it worth singing a song that’s not entirely theologically sound? Ex. “Thank You Father for dying for my sin” (no, the Son, Jesus, did) or “You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart!” (…really?).
I’ve heard stories of patients with Alzheimer’s laying on their death bed with their family surrounding them. The patient can’t remember their family, can’t remember anything that they believe, can’t remember anything they’ve even accomplished in life, and yet, as soon as the family breaks out the old hymnal and begins to sing, memory returns enough to join in joyously.
There is something so incredible about music that, once coupled with words, allows for an unparalleled connection between heart, soul, mind, and strength: music is beautiful, music is nourishing, music is intellectual, music is powerful.
The theology from the songs we sing sticks with us even more than that of the sermons we hear. We jump at the thought of false teaching from the pulpit or in books (take for example the response to Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins”), but do we have the same protection over the mics, projector screens, and cds?
“Let me see your songbook and I will write your theology” – Gordon Fee
To those of us who write music, plan out liturgies/setlists for church services, or even listen to music in any capacity, enter into this with all fear and trembling, for souls are on the line and God is too great to speak poorly of.