Monday, June 5, 2017
Where’s the Meat?
If we teach our children only by choruses and do not give equal weight to the strong, meaty hymns of the Faith, we may be spiritually damaging their generation. To intimidate these hymns of the Faith by saying “they are too deep and way over the heads of our young people” is to say we have a better way of producing a Christian than our forefathers had. Children of earlier days had their spiritual teeth cut on those hymns, and such music became the bedrock for building mature, godly lives. . . .we never want chorus singing to take the place of hymn singing, for the child will unconsciously think the hymns are more for the adults. This may be a growing problem with the concept of “Children’s Church” on Sunday morning: it splits up the family in worship before God, and tends to imply to the child that they are too young for the worship in the sanctuary.
Dr. H.T. Spence, Confronting Contemporary Christian Music, pg.144. Cited by David W. Cloud, Contemporary Christian Music Under the Spotlight, pg.35