While in UK churches the so-called “Worship Wars” have to a large extent abated (although not completely), in the US they are still in full swing.
I was debating with someone from the US on facebook just now about “Contemporary Christian Music” and whether it’s all ungodly rubbish, and found myself asking, why is the church always dividing over music?
I think it must be because God LOVES music and created it for our good and for us to use to worship Him. Why else are there so many commands to Sing to the Lord in the Bible? Bach (who might have known something about it) said that
The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.
Is it a surprise then, that Satan HATES music and will do all he can to pervert it away from its God glorifying purpose?
C.S.Lewis’s Screwtape (the senior devil in Screwtape Letters) says this:
Music and silence — how I detest them both! … no square inch of infernal space and no moment of infernal time has been surrendered to either of those abominable forces, but all has been occupied by Noise — Noise, the grand dynamism, the audible expression of all that is exultant, ruthless, and virile … We will make the whole universe a noise in the end. We have already made great strides in that direction as regards the Earth. The melodies and silences of Heaven will be shouted down in the end. But I admit we are not yet loud enough, or anything like it. Research is in progress.