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Splicing the SACRED with the SECULAR [Part 1/6]: The Two Schools of Thought

Personal Note: This blog started off with a very small thing that bothers me in church and, as I kept researching it out, turned into a blog series. I pray that you all hear my heart on this one and know that this isn’t coming from a place of condemnation towards other church musicians, but from a place of compassion for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Enjoy!

The story starts off a little something like this…

As I was in church on Sunday, my wife and I were enjoying the music, when all of a sudden, a musical phrase from a rap song substitutes the original music of the song. Not the lyrics, just the music. Although it was brief, it caught me off guard to the point where I stopped… then eventually got back on track.

…and that’s pretty much the end of the story.

Of course this isn’t the first time this has happened in church. Moreso than that, in my younger days I was guilty of doing the exact same thing because, at the time, it was cool and it impressed my friends. In my older days, my patience for splicing sacred music with secular music has grown quite thin, BUT that is because of years and years of studying WHY this shouldn’t be happening.

And even as I was doing the research for this blog series, I have come across a lot of articles either confirming or condemning the practice of “secularizing” spiritual songs making it difficult to find a starting point. However, I think I may have one and it goes like this:

There are two schools of thought on “secularizing” spiritual songs:

THE FIRST SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: “It’s OK and you should do it as often as possible to make church music more interesting!”

“Lord knows church music needs all the help it can get.”

THE SECOND SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: “It’s NOT OK and doing so guarantees you a first class ticket straight to Hell!”

“How dare you bring that devilment into the house of the Lord?”

(yeah… no middle ground)

Which school of thought do you tend to agree with?


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