Would Bono Hate our Church Music?
Carol Kuruvilla recently wrong an article on huffington post about a documentary on the Psalms that features no other than Eugene Petersen (author of the Message Bible translation) and Bono, lead singer of the band U2. They are talking about their dissatisfaction with current Christian music:
When U2 musician Bono reads the Psalms, a book of the Bible filled with ancient hymns, he sees the full range of human emotions: anger, irritation, sadness, bliss. While the Psalms have been a source of spiritual inspiration for him throughout his life, Bono has much harsher words for contemporary Christian music.
Modern Christian worship music has often been critiqued for its mediocrity — the repetition of the same four chords, the same set of reliably inspirational words, and theological jargon that leaves outsiders bewildered.
Bono, who has become more outspoken about his Christian faith in recent years, is advocating for a return to the raw and honest emotion of the Psalms.
“The psalmist is brutally honest about the explosive joy that he’s feeling and the deep sorrow or confusion,” the singer said in Fuller Studio‘s newly released documentary “The Psalms.” “And I often think, ‘Gosh, well, why isn’t church music more like that?’”
Music transforms a worship service. Music can bring a deep connection when one is needed or it can be particularly jarring when it does not go as planned. I don’t know if you have noticed the hard work that has gone into improving the music at First Lutheran Community Church, but there has been a lot of serious time, energy, and discussion! And we know that it is still a work in progress.
This is why for this blog post we are hoping that you will help us with something. We have put together a survey on music at FLCC. Please consider filling it out and letting us know how we can improve, what you enjoy, and what the future might look like for music at FLCC.
Find the survey here.
Also, if you’d like to watch the documentary on the Psalms that features bono, click here.
You can find the original huffington post article here.