Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Why We Should Sing Hymns

A lot of people—especially those younger than me—either do not go to church or do not attend churches where hymns are sung. I think this is a shame.

There are several important reasons why Christians should sing hymns. Here are a few.

1) The Bible commands us to sing hymns (Col. 3:16).

2) Good hymns (and there are many) remind and/or teach us important doctrinal principles.

3) Good hymns encourage the soul. They can be particularly comforting in times of distress, sorrow, and fear.

4) The music of nearly all hymns is inherently good. It is the kind of music that we should be filling our minds with, and is infinitely better than much of what is called "Christian music" today.

5) Good hymns are conducive to an atmosphere of worship.

4 comments:

Brenda said...

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on WHY hymns are being abandoned in the majority of churches today. I have my own (thoughts) but would love to hear yours!!

clintonverley said...

Your point number 1 makes no sense. Are you saying that Paul had in mind the distinction between modern hymns and praise choruses, when that distinction was still 2,000 years in the future? Or that the greek word used there is a one-for-one corrospondence to the modern word "hymn"? Either choice is silly and anachronistic. By the way, my church uses lots of hymns and I thoroughly enjoy them.

clintonverley said...

Your point number 1 makes no sense. Are you saying that Paul had in mind the distinction between modern hymns and praise choruses, when that distinction was still 2,000 years in the future? Or that the greek word used there is a one-for-one corrospondence to the modern word "hymn"? Either choice is silly and anachronistic. By the way, my church uses lots of hymns and I thoroughly enjoy them.

Ken said...

@clintonverley: I encourage you to determine what word, translated hymn, implies.