What if you don’t like the music?
First, this is NOT an attempt to bash the person who made the honest comment. Second, most of us THINK that way at times, but don’t bother to say anything…or don’t have the courage to say it.
I read the comments that are turned in each week. Usually they’re quite encouraging. Sometimes they’re thought provoking. And then there are comments that help me realize that we’re all on a journey, and we’re not there yet.
Last week one of the comments went something like this, “I liked the dance…but not the reggae version of Never Let Go.” (I couldn’t agree more about the dance, by the way. It was powerful!) Again, I’m not trying to bash whoever made the comment. But when I read it, I couldn’t help think of what I saw happening as that song started last Sunday. I saw a couple people who are from “the islands” immediately engage. I even leaned over and pointed them out to my wife. It was as though they could suddenly connect in a vibrant expression of worship! And I thought at the time, “That’s so awesome that they can connect like that here in Gaithersburg, thousands of miles away from the islands.” So when I read the comment from the Connection Card, I realized that what one person doesn’t appreciate can absolutely overwhelm the person sitting next to them.
It’s not about me. Or you.
It’s about the God we worship.
Confession: I don’t always like the songs we do, either. Even though I appreciate a broad diversity of styles, there are some that don’t do much for me. (Those closest to me know what those styles are. I won’t tell the rest of you.) And while I could “pull rank” and banish those songs, I won’t. Because, well, it’s not about me. (More confession: On rare occasions I’ve asked Dave to retire a song, but only because it was just plain bad…not because of it’s style.)
In a church that is reaching a variety of cultures, we will have a growing variety of cultural expressions like music. The goal is not to try to offend any of us…or all of us. The goal is to become a multi-cultural expression of praise to the God who made us.
So the next time you find yourself wanting to “check out” because the music isn’t one of your favorites (and we’ve all been there), I encourage you to look around. Find someone who is “checking in” at that moment. And celebrate together with them that they’re able to express their gratitude and worship to the God who made us…with unimaginable diversity!