March 2, 2005

music quote

I found this C.S. Lewis quote the other day, and I thought that I would share it with you.

"The first and most solid conclusion which (for me) emerges is that both musical parties, the High Brows and the Low, assume far too easily the spiritual value of the music they want."

— Christian Reflections, "On Church Music," paragraph 8
Daily Quote by C.S. Lewis

It seems that the music debate has been around for quite some time.

Personally, I am so glad to finally be at a church that it isn't an issue anymore. I haven't debated with anyone about music for almost a year. And I have to say that it is refreshing. Mostly because of what Mr. Lewis noticed in his day, people assume far too easily the spiritual value of the music they want.

I have definitely noticed that myself. It doesn't matter which side of the fence the person you are talking to is on, they assume that their music has more spiritual value. Even if they never actually say those words, they show it by their disdain for people who listen to the other style of music.

Before I close this post, I do want to mention one thing about music. I have noticed that most people who really want to debate about music really have no moral music standards to begin with. Some of the most destructive music that exists comes across the radio waves in the form of love songs. No, I am not talking about all love songs. But there are so many out there teaching us about life, love and romance, and they are teaching a completely unbiblical and unrealistic view of those things.

We allow it to pour into our minds on a daily basis, claiming it doesn't affect us. But years later we struggle with how we view life and love, because of what we have been taught.

What do you fill your mind with? Is it harmless? Is there any such thing as harmless thoughts?


  1. I just read your blog after getting out of a class that debates the style way too much justlike so many others do. your blog really made me think about the more important issues as I plan music for a chapel service. I hope one day all churches can be like the one you talked about.

  2. There is a lot to be said about music. It does affect us. I wish the church (many) didn't choose the Rock Music route. I am not against all contemporary music but I want my music to say something. Not just repeat few trivial things over and over. I don't want it to sound like the world's music either. Good music does minister to the soul.


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