The kids don't like to sing
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I have been having an interesting debate with a friend about how to 'do' music at an event geared towards youth who don't know Jesus. I'll present the two views here and let you think about it. Give me your thoughts.
View 1/ We shouldn't do music on 'evangelistic' nights because non-christian teens are already weirded out enough by sitting through a talk on the Bible. They don't know why they are singing and for them to sing would basically be blasphemy anyway. If we are gearing a night towards them then it would make more sense to just have a couple of items. This isn't to say we should never sing, but rather on these special nights we should make youth as accessible as possible. Paul became a Jew to the jews and a Gentile to the Gentiles.
View 2/ People are drawn to Jesus as they see his people worshipping him- in their lives, and as they meet together. Therefore, it's important that on 'evangelistic' nights we do things the way we always do, but with more explanation for why we do it. When we sing we explain that as christians we are so overcome by God's glory that we have to sing. The other thing is that you choose songs that teach those who hear them. Songs that present the gospel in a simple way. The New Testament expects that people will observe the way that we do things and think that they are foolish. There is no point in hiding. However the spirit makes sense of the Gospel and with their eyes opened, people see the importance of worshipping God and praising Jesus.
This is interesting stuff to think about as we plan for doing music at events. Thoughts?
Posted byDan at 5:19 PM