Me and a good buddy of mine who attends another campus of LifeChurch.tv and I had a really good exchange the other day as it relates to secular music in the Church. This is one of those arguments that people have a wide range of polarizing positions.
I recently ran across an article on the same subject by Tim Stevens, who is the Executive Pastor of Granger of Granger Community Church and author of new book “Pop Goes the Church, Should the Church Engage Pop Culture?” If you want to read his article, “Does Secular Music Have a Place in The Church?” in its entirety click here.
I am going to share a few of Tim’s quotes, a few of my thoughts and then we will let the debating begin:
“Every element in your service doesn’t have to be prescriptive. Yes, you are trying to teach a principle or encourage people to consider a truth, but you can use certain elements to raise questions and other elements to help provide answers.” Tim Stevens
“It’s amazing to me that the same pastors who have never allowed a secular song in their services have quoted secular authors, secular poets, and secular historical figures.” Tim Stevens
My buddy that I was talking to asked me “What genius came up with the idea that playing secular music or certain secular music in church was a good idea?” The abridged version of my response and our conversation was this: We will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ, the bottom line is Changed Lives; both eternally and daily. It is all a piece of the experience to engage people where they are and open their hearts to hear The Truth. Jesus just didn’t teach and preach… but he met people’s needs: feeding, healing….
Anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ means just that, walking up to the line and doing anything short of sin.
Does secular music have a place in the Church? Why or Why Not?
Does your church play secular music or do you listen to secular music?