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Can there be unity in our music preferences?

Published on 03/26/09

We all seem to have different opinions on what music we should be listening to. You believe one style and some one else believes another style.

Paul tells believers in Ephesians 4:3 that we need to make EVERY EFFORT to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

You may ask, “Doesn’t Paul know that people have different tastes in music and that people are very passionate about their music?” “Doesn’t Paul understand that churches will split because of a certain style of music played in the church building?” “Does he really expect us to have unity?”

Before we get too excited, let’s look at what he says in the following verses. He explains that there is one body and one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and one Father, who is over all and through all and in all. What does this mean for us?

This means that the thing that brings us all together at church is the unity and commonality we have in Christ. We can have different opinions in our Christian liberty (as long as they aren’t against God’s Word) and still have unity. We need to make sure that our preferences in music styles does not hinder us from our worship and fellowship.

Don’t misunderstand. We can challenge each others’ thinking in regards to music choices, but we should always use God’s Word to back us up. And just because someone doesn’t agree with us…........get ready….......that’s o-k-a-y.

Back to our subject at hand, can there be unity in our music preferences? YES, if we think of unity as Paul thinks of it. As long as we all are glorifying our one Lord and God, we have unity. Whether you prefer a drum or guitar or piano or organ or nothing at all, as long we are keeping Christ as the center of our attention and the focal point of our affections, we can have unity.

Let us MAKE EVERY EFFORT to keep unity among us, even when we might disagree on styles. Let us MAKE EVERY EFFORT to glorify God with our music. Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” Let’s use that grace and freely dispense it to one another in the area of music.

If you have any questions that you would like to pose for this blog about music, please email me. I won’t use any names if you would not want me to.