Simplicity on the Musical Instrument Question
|Picture by Kelly Ginn, Great Oaks Church of Christ|
Great Oaks got a new website earlier this year, so we had to make decisions about what needed to go on the site and how it could to best be communicated. To help that process, we spent time checking out other church websites, to see how churches communicate who they are and what they do. This was encouraging for us, not only to see how churches communicate, but also to see the many good ministries and outreach efforts going on in other places.
As a result, I still occasionally glance through websites of congregations I’m not real familiar with, seeing how other places do things and keeping my eyes open for things that might help our own communication and/or ministries. A few months ago, I stumbled over this simple but effective paragraph explaining why the Smyrna Church of Christ (TN) sings acapella in their worship:
Here’s a couple things I appreciate about that simple explanation:
1) First, I appreciate that the key question is NOT “is this a salvation issue?” Trying to argue whether instruments in worship is a salvation issue is a distraction from the real question of whether God wants them or not. And if we’re trying to please God only on what we decide are “salvation issues,” aren’t we missing the idea of giving our entire lives – big, small, and in between – to God? Wouldn’t we really be saying, “I just want to give God the minimum amount required for me to get into heaven, and then I want to do the rest my way regardless of how God feels about it?” It seems to me the person of faith always asks first, “what best honors and pleases God?” and then proceeds to act on the biblical answer, in trust that God knows what He’s talking about. Let God decide in eternity what is or isn’t a salvation issue. For now, let’s try to give Him what He wants in every way possible.