Musical Style Isn’t the Problem; Your Heart Is

Recently a local youth organization decided to switch out their live music leader and his acoustic guitar for a recorded, DVD-and-Powerpoint-heavy presentation. The organization’s leaders wanted their young people to “sing more” and be more involved.  They expected that the flashy, modern feel of the new music would do just that.  They were wrong.

You see, you can change the style of music, the presentation of the words, and the person who’s up front, but if there hasn’t been heart-change, the result is the same.  People don’t stand mute before the Word of God because of the musical style; they fail to sing because they love their own self-image more than Jesus.

We might try to whitewash these young people with a new musical style, but inside many of them are still full of dead men’s bones.  We can force upon them a form of godliness, but it will truly have no power.  We can have flashy presentations, but their effect is still emptiness and vanity, because hearts are still evil.  We can try a thousand strategies, but the fact is that they don’t love God enough to sing in front of their friends.

Heap on the helpings of sweet tunes, but know that many folks still fear man more than they love God.  Remember, children need heart-change, not hip music.  So don’t blame the music (or the leader) when the kids don’t sing.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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