Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The need for silence in the church

Silence in blogging is not the only need for Christians. How about in the church? Bill Gnade thinks the church is far too noisy, particularly with microphones, amplifiers, and "praise" songs that speak more about the singers than about God:
There is indeed something entangling the Church today, with chords and currents and the din of anything but His voice. God does not speak to His people in any manner that damages their hearing, their hearts, their souls. It is not Him speaking at concert levels. He is in the silence drowned out by the din, the cacophony.

What the Church is hearing is itself.
The Western world is obsessively afraid of silence. As much as the church assimilates the values of the world, so are we.


Blogger Kim said...

The noise level in our sanctuary prior to the morning service has bothered me a great deal. There is always time for fellowship after. I have found it very difficult to prepare for worship with all the noise preceding the service.

Also, as someone who plays the organ or piano during the worship service, I have been asked to "crank up the volume" by the pastor because he says it gets the congregation singing louder. I have very sensitive hearing, becaues I generally come away with a headache.

3:49 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

I used to play in a praise band and worship with a congregation where the organist even noodled around on the keyboard during prayers. Now, I'm happy to worship in an a capella Church of Christ where, because we use no instruments or tapes, etc., the noise level is reduced considerably.

4:04 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger contratimes said...

Thank you, Milton, for your encouragement.

I, too, recall a time when the praise leader at a local evangelical church "noodled" on the piano during prayers, even though he had called us all to be silent! He was oblivious to his own noise, seemingly content to add a soundtrack to what was to be a silent offering.

Crazy and true.

A cappella. Ahh, the beauty.



11:30 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

And thank you, Bill, for joining in the discussion.

11:37 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Phil (Col 1:27-28) said...

Milton, you are so right on with this post. It is as if we need the noise to fill the voids of our own emptiness. Noise some how sems to translate for us as our having genuinely met with the Lord and having had a great wroship experience, goose bumps and all.

I have found in my own life, that while there is a place for volume in worship or praise, there is much more value and intimacy in the silence, quietness, rest and our closeness to Him who is our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

I truly love meeting with my Lord in the quiet times of intimacy.

Thanks for the Post, its great.

Blessings in Christ Jesus!

6:48 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for your comments, Phil, and praise God that you have the joyful priviledge of meeting God in quiet. Peace.

7:52 PM, November 03, 2005  

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