McFarland: A song just a song if it's just feel-good music

Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

hymn book, open hymnalThe Church is missing out on an opportunity to teach deep truths about God to its members, says a Christian apologist.

When churchgoers are singing from a hymnal on Sunday mornings, Christian apologist Alex McFarland says they might be holding the second-best book of theology they will ever read after the Bible.

“There was a theological depth and richness,” he says, “in the older hymns, like 'At Calvary': Oh the love that drew salvations plan, oh the grace that brought it down to man.

The ongoing debate over worship music will likely continue until the Lord returns -- but a respected writer of modern hymns, Keith Getty, took a swipe at modern worship music in an interview with The Christian Post.

“Many worship songs are focused on this Earth,” Getty recently told the news website. “I believe that the modern worship movement is a movement for cultural relevance. It’s a de-Christianizing of God’s people. It’s utterly dangerous.”

McFarland

Reacting to Getty’s comments, McFarland says worship music going back a decade has been “net-neutral” at best and, at worst, “net-negative” for what he calls the “theological DNA” of the American church. 

It’s not because of the upbeat rhythms or the drums on the stage, McFarland says, but because most contemporary songwriters don't go very deep with their songs.

“It's very centered on this world. It's very centered on my feelings, my emotions,” the apologist suggests. “Worship music was, by definition, theocentric. It's about God. It's about His truth.”

When people find themselves singing a Sunday morning song during the week, McFarland argues it should reinforce their knowledge of and wonder at the living God.

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