(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.15)
Emotion and Beyond
Music is emotional. Music arouses passion. Who would want it otherwise?
Not I! As a child of God and as a hymn writer, it’s my goal to be fully responsive to the truth.
That includes being emotionally responsive to the wonderful truth of Jesus Christ. Who can
believe what God has done for us in Christ and not be emotional? How can we grasp that truth
and not be passionate about Him?
That’s why music is such a magnificent gift. It is an emotional medium. To freely adapt an
observation from C.S. Lewis, music calls passion to the aid of reason.
But the Church is not the only party speaking to people through emotion and the senses. We
minister to a people on sensory overload. Communications media saturate their senses and
coddle them with entertainment, desperate to get a hearing for their products. Radio, TV,
recordings, billboards, everything is designed with maximum sensory appeal and maximum
When we in the Church attempt to communicate with these people, we sometimes use the
same tactics. We feel our music must have maximum energy level to break through to people
accustomed to high-appeal communications.
So in our church music, we turn up the emotional volume to maximum. And why not? What is
more deeply emotional than the truth we are communicating?