Originally Posted by Neezar
Different music will effect people differently. If it makes them feel closer to God then who are we to say it is wrong?
Thats not the question.
GOD can be found in many different bits of music...thats not the issue. The issue is what music is played specifically in Church. Thats slightly different.
I think there is nothing wrong with secular music, and I can find facets of GOD in it. I think there is nothing wrong with christian pop and rock...
but I DONT think they have their place inside a Church...The Church as a building is pure symbolism, as GOD is not confined to it, however, as a focal point for that symbolism there are things which are inappropriate.
Two times I have felt very...disturbed by things which appeared in church which shouldnt have. One was during a rendition of the Peace Mass in Ripon Cathedral. Jenkins...in his usual style encorperated a lot of non christian music directly into the mass...He does two things...he tries to draw a parallel between the Islamic Call to Prayer, and the Kyrie...in the mass these two are played one after the other.
Followed by this...
I found it most disconcerting that the islamic call to prayer was sung by an imam inside the Cathedral...for some reason, that felt wrong.
Then there was the civic duty of Ripon Cathedral to bless a flag that had been developed by the Ghurkahs in Leeds. These are a branch of our foreign legion I suppose you might say...and to make them feel welcome, it took on an eccumenical flavour...which went way overboard when both Hindu and Bhudists were invited to pray...and they did...in their own religious tongues...again, that felt very wrong.
Sounded like this...
You see Churches are Consecrated, they are set aside as Holy for GOD...deliberate act on behalf of man...and to violate that seems to be tantamount to desicration
I was so angry I sent this rant video to the Bishop who allowed it to happen.
Its an extreme case...but you see how secular music could be viewed in degrees, and some not be appropriate...its not about judging others...its actually about THEM respecting the Christians by not insulting them inside a Holy Place.