Hymn Jazz

Saxophone on Stage

I like Jazz.

You may not.

If you tell me you don’t like jazz, I’ll think, “Wow, I can’t believe you don’t like jazz.”

Then I’ll wonder what kind of jazz you do not like:

  • Traditional Jazz
  • Big Band & Swing Jazz
  • Dixieland Jazz
  • Bebop Jazz
  • Cool Jazz
  • Mainstream Jazz
  • Vocal Jazz
  • Third Steam Jazz
  • Hard Bop Jazz
  • Progressive Jazz
  • World and Ethnic Jazz
  • Avant-garde Jazz
  • Fusion Jazz
  • Crossover Jazz

Or just “All That Jazz?”

If you don’t like any jazz at all, I’ll think, “Wow, I can’t believe you don’t like jazz.”

But I won’t think, “It doesn’t matter whether you like it or not, because it is sacred music. It’s God’s music.”  Because for me to think that would be silly.  You not liking Jazz would mean you just have a different preference in musical style.

And God doesn’t have a favorite musical style.

What about Hymns?

If you don’t like Hymns, then I have to wonder what kind of hymns do you not like:

  • 17th Century Hymns
  • 18th Century Hymns
  • 19th Century Hymns
  • Gospel Song Hymns
  • Gregorian Chant type Hymns
  • A cappella Hymns
  • Classical Hymns
  • Western Harmonic Hymns
  • Gospel Song style Hymns
  • Spiritual Hymms
  • Contemporary Hymns

Or is it just that you do not like the general idea of a worship song with music from a different decade?

If you don’t like any so called “hymns” at all, I’ll think, “Wow, I can’t believe you don’t like ‘hymns.'”

But I won’t think, “It doesn’t matter whether you like it or not, because it is sacred music. It’s God’s music.”  Because for me to think that would be silly.  You not liking what you call “hymns” would probably mean you just have a different preference in musical style.

And God doesn’t have a favorite musical style.

  • The piano was invented in the late 1600’s.
  • There was an instrument called a “hydraulis” (water organ) developed in the 3rd century, but an organ that even resembles anything you’d recognize wasn’t developed until at the earliest, the 13th century or so.
  • Four part harmony was developed throughout the 1600’s.
  • “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19) was written around 61 AD.

“Hymns.” Before pianos. Before four-part harmony. Before the modern Organ as an accompaniment.

Any idea what Paul was talking about? I think it’s safe to say that he probably wasn’t humming the tune of any song in any American Church’s Hymnal, because none of those songs had been written yet. Basically, even the style of those songs hadn’t been developed yet.

Wait. Maybe he wasn’t talking about a particular style. Because God doesn’t have a favorite musical style.

A Biblical Hymn is a song of worship & praise to God. Whether it was written in the 1500’s or this morning.  The sound and style of the tune isn’t what makes it a Biblical hymn.  The instrument that plays it doesn’t make it a Biblical Hymn.  Who it is about and/or to Whom it is addressed make it a Biblical Hymn.

But when you sing them, I’d suggest that you sing ones that you enjoy and that you think the others who are gathered with you would enjoy. Ones that are doctrinally sound.  Ones that you can sing wholeheartedly to God.

Not ones that you think sound more sacred.

Because that would be silly.

God doesn’t have a favorite musical style.

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