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(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.50)

Build to Last

No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If

any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,

his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be

revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has

built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself

will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15, NIV)

Music is inherently appealing. Musicians, desiring to please their audience, tend to try to

maximize that appeal. The more favorable people’s response to the music, the more the

musician’s ego and/or pocketbook are fed.

So what has happened? Music is increasingly guided by the present tastes of the audience or

congregation. Freshness and innovation are set aside. What is worse, the musician’s

motivation, which at the beginning was perhaps to serve people for their good, is now to appeal

to people for the musician’s own good. Sounds like a description of the popular music industry,

doesn’t it?

We Christian musicians face the same temptation. We too want to please people. We too can

become self-serving in our ministry. Instead of offering them what is valuable and lasting, we

feed them temporary pleasure. Instead of communicating what is timeless and true, we simply

stimulate their emotions. Instead of giving, we take.

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