Here are some popular reasons I hear for not singing in a church.

If you’re not a Christian or identify as one, don’t feel weird reading this article – it’s intended for believers. If you are a believer, I challenge you in love to consider the following arguments and see if you are guilty of falling for them.

I’d like to give a disclaimer: although I sing regularly in the choir loft  in a large church, I sometimes don’t sing. I sometimes can’t make it to practice. I sometimes can’t sing on Sundays. I’m not a gold star student advocating everyone else perform similarly. All I’m asking is that you consider yourself.  

These lyrics aren’t theological enough. They’re too simple.

As someone who reads books on theology in my free time, I get it. Songs like “In Christ Alone” and “Jesus, Thy blood and Righteousness” sure are more Scripturally-packed than “Trading my Sorrows,” or the myriad of other hymns that have flooded the church in recent years.

While I’m not proposing that songs like Audio Adrenaline’s “Big House” be echoed in the pews, I am saying that you have an obligation to lay aside your theological predispositions and worship God with your voice.

If hymns in your church are just plain silly, devoid of Scriptural truth or even anti-Scriptural, then you have reason to speak to your pastor and minister of music and keep quiet. Otherwise, you need to sing.

“singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” — Colossians 3:16

Also, may I remind you that a lot of the Psalms have repeating verses? There is power in repeatedly proclaiming truths, even if sometimes they are “simple.” Psalm 67.

May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.

I have the worst singing voice in the history of the world. Ever.

I don’t come from a family with the last name of Von Trapp. We’re just okay, on a good day. But you know what? God doesn’t expect you to sound like the next American Idol. In fact, it really has nothing to do with the sound of your voice at all.

It’s about your heart.

John 4:23-24.

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

I don’t like expressing myself outwardly. I’m introverted. I don’t like displaying my emotions.

I scale as an 80% introvert (INTJ), so I can understand not wanting to necessarily get outwardly crazy in worship (or anywhere). The problem is, sometimes we’re too focused on how we want to display ourselves rather than displaying the One we’re singing about.

Creation basically worships its Creator every day. Check out Psalm 19.

The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

I don’t feel like it.

Hey, at least you’re honest. However, honesty on our part doesn’t trump a straight command from God. Psalm 100:1-2.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

God will reward your obedience.

Finally, brethren…

I hope you’ve considered this piece carefully and with the grace that I intended (read: tons and tons of grace). Let me leave you with some Scripture to be the glue to stick these ideas together.

  • 2 Chronicles 20:21-24
  • Psalm 5:11
  • Psalm 9:2
  • Psalm 22:22
  • Psalm 59:16
  • Psalm 63:7
  • Psalm 105:1-2
  • Psalm 150:1-6
  • Acts 16:25
  • James 5:13

 

Now go sing your heart out.