Christian rock: Glorifying or the Devil's Handiwork? Part 3- Rhythm
Hopefully you made it through part two. I know it was kind of hard to get through. Sorry! I am hoping to make today's post more enjoyable to get through. :)
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First, in order to understand that one of the main arguments against Christian rock or CCM comes from "rhythm" you must understand the three main components of music.
For my music students in home-school co-op I put it like this:
In order to make a lovely song, you need the right ingredients. You must follow the recipe:
Ingredient #1 is melody. Melody is simply one tone or note one after the other in a pattern.
Ingredient #2 is rhythm. Rhythm is sounds or silences that make up the timing behind the melody.
Ingredient #3 is harmony. Harmony is adding several more sounds to the melody in order that it takes on a fuller, broader sound.
There are 3 more ingredients, but these are the most important to what we are discussing right now.
I illustrate this by playing "Jesus Loves Me" on the piano. The first time I am demonstrating the melody. I play the notes one after the other with no rests, or holding notes.
Then I add the rhythm and sing and play it normally.
Jesus loves me this I know (pause) for the Bible tells me so (pause) little ones to Him belong (pause) they are weak but He is strong (pause) yesssss Jesus loves meeeeeeee....etc.
Then I play all the notes in the hymnal. The chords, the fill-ins etc. And it sounds the way you sing it in church.
These three things are essential for good songs of any kind. Otherwise you just don't have a song.
The Bible clearly mentions melody, but not how some would tell you.
Not hardly. Thank God — He has given us instructions for our music. Thank God — we can BURY "once and for all" the ridiculous LIE that — "the Bible gives no instructions on the type of music for a Christian to listen to. It's all a matter of preference and culture."
Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet MELODY, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered. Isaiah 23:16The Lord God refers to music as — MELODY! According to God — the emphasis of Christian music is the MELODY — not the BEAT! How is it, that the CCM world keeps "parroting" — "the Bible gives no instructions on the type of music for a Christian to listen to. It's all a matter of preference and culture"? Is it because they can NOT read 5th grade English? Or is it — they do NOT care what God says! I've shown many CCMers Ephesians 5:19, and nearly all coolly, reply, "Aw, It don't really mean that". In other words — "I don't care what God says — I'm gonna rock 'n' roll"!
For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; jothe d gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of MELODY. Isaiah 51:3
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making MELODY in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:18-19
I'm reminded of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, as he described some people, much like the CCMers, who "having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not?"
17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neitherUNDERSTAND? have ye your heart yet hardened?So far we've seen:
18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? Mark 8:17-18
1. MELODY is the main theme of music.Well I am sorry, but God does not define music as the melody if you look into the Hebrew and Greek. If it is based on those verses he and I mentioned, then God "defines" music as singing or playing songs of praise and hymns.
2. Rock music emphasizes the BEAT.
3. God defines music as MELODY. (unquote)
Before this, he talks about part of what is wrong with rocky rhythm is that it has to do with body movement and a physical response.
If you are musical at all you know that any music can bring out a body movement and physical response. How many classical songs make me want to jump up and grab my husband in a waltz? Or even just sway along to a hymn? March to patriotic songs?
You have probably seen the rocking violinist or pianist...
Body movements and physical responses are a part of music. They don't have to be there, but they can be there for any type of music.
He claims that body movement are fleshly and carnal. But what about the dancing seen in the Old Testament?
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be held in awe above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
30 tremble before him, all the earth;
yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
Praise befits the upright.
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!