(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.49)
The witness of our generation is important. But it is so much more meaningful if it is added to
the witness of all the generations before us. Don’t limit yourself to current songs. If you only use
expressions of faith from our narrow slice of time and culture, you miss most of the rich truth
available to you. You miss the discipline of other ages confronting us with differing viewpoints.
You miss a broader perspective that stretches our narrowness and challenges our assumptions.
Older hymns remind us of realities that we dare not forget.
In our diverse culture, with so many varied people hungry to find their place in this world, the
experience of our forebears is relevant. Reach back. Enrich yourself and those to whom you
minister. Don’t serve the same food meal after meal. A banquet of tasty, nourishing foods is
available to you. Just open the pantry!