Guest Post, by Jonathan Welch, Summit Worship Team
Calling all music addicts! If you listen to the radio, frequent various shows, enjoy open mic nights, buy music of any sort, or if your iPod is now a part of your physical body. listen up! I need your help.
Here's my question: How would you describe the music of Raleigh-Durham? Let me briefly explain why this question is significant.
Scripture teaches us that we should use music to worship God. Yet, God's Word does not include specific instructions about what type and style of music to use in the church. So, churches around the world put their worship on display with different instruments and various styles. Music is an integral part of culture, and I think that the musical style of Christian worship should be a reflection of one's particular cultural climate. This is directly related to God's commands for humankind to subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28) and cultivate Eden (Genesis 2:15).
Out of this (and as a result of the creative music from Advance 09), I've been stuck on the question-What is our music? I've had a few conversations about this recently, and no one has given me a clear description. I've lived in Durham for seven years, and even I have trouble describing the music of RDU. Now, let's get this straight, I'm not necessarily asking for your individual music preference. I'm also not asking all of the theological geniuses out there to give me theories about what style of music is most biblical or godly.
Here's what I want. Think about the popular concerts that hit the Triangle every year. When you talk about music with your friends, what bands dominate the conversation? What local artists best exemplify the music culture of Raleigh-Durham? After considering such questions, post some comments with your answers!
Alright. Here's your chance, RDU. let's hear it! How would you describe OUR music? The worship staff at the Summit will undoubtedly benefit from what YOU have to say. I'm looking forward to reading your comments!