How do you know when it’s time to cut a song from your rotation?
Jonathan Aigner shares four reasons not to sing a worship song. Here’s an example:
They are theologically problematic. Of course, each denomination and congregation must decide much of this for themselves. A recent example was the decision not to include the Townend/Getty song “In Christ Alone” in Glory to God, the new Presbyterian hymnal, over the issue of penal substitution and the author’s refusal to accept a minor edit. Agree or disagree, those are the issues that are worth agonizing over in deciding whether to use a particular hymn.
In the end, we need to ask ourselves a few questions. “Do we actually believe what we’re singing?” “Is this an accurate reflection of the Christian story?” We better make darn sure we can say “yes.”
It’s a great article, and you should definitely check out the whole thing. Jonathan mostly writes with regard to traditional worship, but the principles he outlines are appropriate for any worship context. And I am totally on board with him when it comes to “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The Garden.” He shares a couple other real stinkers, too.
What songs do you need to eliminate from your list? And why?