Tuesday
Jun142011

From Where I Stand: Choirs

It is plainly evident that some are better at singing than others. Some, mostly because of inherent talent, are better equipped to raise their voices in a kind of praise that is pleasing to the ears of the people around them. With training, they can become even more skilled. What can be said of those whose talents lay elsewhere? The disparity in vocal quality is perhaps the leading reason that many churches of men appoint choirs to sing in the presence and place of the entire congregation, but such a policy is both carnal and misguided. It is without dispute that a choir can probably be assembled to produce superior sound, but no choir can ever replace the glory of congregational, participatory worship. God’s instructions through the pen of the apostle Paul made no exception for the unskilled singer, emphasizing that, regardless of the vocal quality, the sacrifice of the fruit of the lips provokes a blessed response from its divine recipient. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). No one, no matter how talented, can discharge that duty for you. The most professional choir among men pales in comparison to the zealous efforts of an assembly of the saints.