1. God thinks its important!
Ephesians 5:19 states, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” Other passages in Scripture beckon the reader to “Sing for Joy” and “Make a joyful noise to the Lord” (Ps. 33:1-3, 105, 9:2). Singing is a critical component in the spiritual life! Paul links the aspect of music/singing to the sanctification of the believer. Children of God are singing people.
2. Singing is an agent for unity among the body!
As one voice in one accord, the body of Christ submits to the creedal statements that are sung together. A person who does not join in song with the rest of the body shows division. Thus, preference of contemporary or traditional music takes a backseat to the importance of the unity of the body of Christ. If the gospel is powerful enough to unite Jews and Gentiles, certainly it is powerful enough to bridge the gap of the “worship wars” concerning traditional music vs. contemporary. At Metro, we do not choose a song based upon its style, but rather its theology. If asked what kind of music we sing at Metro, we sing God-exalting songs.
3. Music is a servant of the Word of God.
While we don’t worship music itself, music (by the work of the Spirit) directs hearts and minds towards the things of God. The words used should never be opposed to Scripture, yet do not have to be inspired themselves. Music is a wonderful resource to remember as well as a tool to offer praise to God. Christians in every era of Church history in every culture have gathered together with song to worship God Almighty.
“Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!” –Psalm 105:1-3