Contemporary or traditional music, a debate that is taking place in many churches across the United States today. Each individual has their own viewpoint and most are equally valid. Many in the older generations, 40 or over prefer the traditional music, some of which has been around for hundreds of years. While a large portion of those younger prefer the contemporary music of today.
Really there is no right or wrong. The important thing is that the music is used to enhance the worship experience of the individual and to glorify God and Jesus Christ, his son. For many of us, the older, more traditional music provides a means of meditation and a reminder of what Christ has done for us, and continues to do for us in our lives. Songs like “Amazing Grace”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Just As I Am”, and many others deliver a powerful message through their words and melodies. These songs bring a peacefulness, that helps prepare us for the message the minister is bringing. They also can serve as reminders of past generations of worshipers, and of the struggles mankind has gone through in search of religious freedom and the right to worship God as we choose.
Contemporary music, on the other hand, tends to have a more aggressive beat to it and can be compared to the contemporary secular music. Varieties of contemporary Christian music include Rap, Heavy Metal, Rock, and virtually any other type of music played on secular radio stations or TV channels. Many of the Contemporary Christian songs are choruses which are repeated 3 or 4 times when the song is sang. Others resemble some of the older music in their lyrics but use a more modern tempo and percussion rhythm. This type of music tends to have most of its appeal, in large part, with the younger generations who enjoy lots of percussion, and guitars.
But, its important to remember that there is a place in worship for all these different types of music. Whether an individual prefers the more contemporary music or the traditional music makes little difference. The really important question to be answered is does the music glorify the Lord and help the individual prepare for the worship experience? If it does, then there is a place in the Church for it. Perhaps the best thing today is that each individual can find a church where his or her music preference is being played.