Singing the Lord's song in Babylon
"Our thinking about the music we use in worship should be mindful of the fact that the goal of Christian discipleship is Christian maturity (Col. 1:28).
At the time of the Babylonian exile, the people of Israel asked, "How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?" (Ps. 137:4). This question is still relevant for the church today, because we too are "sojourners and exiles" on the earth (1 Pet. 2:11). God clearly wants his pilgrim people to be a community of song (Heb. 13:14’15),
but he has not given us an inspired set of musical tunes. So the question arises: what musical styles should we employ as we sing the Lord's song in spiritual Babylon? Over the past ...