"We will never save civilisation as long as civilisation is our main object. We must learn to want something else even more."
—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
We can sympathize with Mohler . . . to a degree.Obviously he's never planted a church in a less than cultured community. Bring on the canned music. If my choices are either no music or someone who rapes the piano instead of plays it, then I choose neither. Give me that debilitating canned garbage any day, and we'll make it ring to the glory of God.
With all due respect to Mohler, I agree with pennock that Mohler has apparently not had to deal with the limitations of small-church ministry.In addition, he makes some sweeping generalizations that just do not apply across the board.I do not particularly like the "hymn machines" myself, but I do not think they are the wedge that will force congregational singing and music programs out of the church. Honestly, what church with capable musicians is using hymn machines?That being said, I appreciate the desire to have congregations singing. As a pastor for worship ministries I try to balance the two options in an appropriate way. Our small church uses pianos and keyboard and guitar for congregational singing, but I just cannot spare a pianist for choir music. Not to mention that I really enjoy hearing ensembles and soloists sing to a full orchestra. Of course, at our church that means "canned" music.Why can't we do both?I think Mohler is on to something, but I also think he has misdiagnosed the problem. That, however, is subject matter for a post of its own.
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