Monday, August 30, 2010

"We are nothing short of idiots for getting rid of hymnals"

"...and I choose that word carefully. Who in the world decided that we would throw out two thousands years of worship because it didn’t fit in with our current plan to sound like the secular music of the last 40 years? Good grief, what a demolition job this has been. I know a lot of young people “like” the new music, but we have a responsibility to those who came before us, not to prefer or like what they did as much as they did, but to use it with respect and honor for the value that is in it. Handing the entire musical and lyrical heritage of two millenia of Christianity over to a “worship leader” to be eradicated in favor of contemporary music only is insane."
-Michael Spencer

Strong words that give us good reason to pause. If this strikes a chord with you, I recommend reading this article on not misunderstanding the Ancient-Future path.

Here's the first hymn I came across for your reflection.

A Debtor to Mercy Alone

As debtors to mercy alone,
Of covenant mercy we sing;
Nor fear, with Christ’s righteousness on,
Our persons and off’rings to bring:
The terrors of Law and of God
With us can have nothing to do;
The Saviour’s obedience and blood
Hide all our transgressions from view.

The work which His goodness began,
The arm of His strength will complete:
His promise is Yea and Amen,
And never was forfeited yet:
Things future, nor things that are now,
Nor all things below nor above,
Can make Him His purpose forgo,
Or sever our souls from His love.

Our names from the palms of His hands
Eternity will not erase:
Impressed on His heart they remain
In marks of indelible grace:
And we to the end shall endure,
As sure as the earnest is given;
More happy, but not more secure,
The souls of the blessed in heaven.

• Augustus Toplady (1740-1778)

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