This past Sunday it hit home to me again.
I’ve said it for years, but it hit home for me again. In church we do this absolutely counter-cultural thing. This thing that, really, we only do in two places: the church and the bar.
Now, some might also do it at other, in-frequent places, like sports arenas or concert halls. And you might do it with professional organizations, if you’re the kind of person who digs it more than the hoi polloi.
But I’m going to guess that this activity is one that, for most people, only occurs in two places, namely the church and the bar: communal singing.
Well, and probably confession, but we’re going to stick with singing in this blog post…
Yes, you probably sing in the shower, but not in community (though, that would be funny to hear that coming from the gym locker room at the local YMCA).
Yes, you sing in your car, but probably only by yourself or one other trusted person who won’t make fun of your mis-remembered lyrics and off-key high note to a-ha‘s Take On Me.
I’ve known atheists who were the most active church attenders simply for the music. It’s that powerful of a movement within humanity. It just wells up inside us, and has to have an out.
Here’s an out.
You might think this is a poor reason to go to church, but there are much poorer ones that motivate the supposedly pious…
If you want to talk about having a reason to check out a church, especially if you’re not particularly religious, this is one of the most practical reasons: to sing with other people.
The need is there within you. Indulge it. It’s human.
And probably Divine.
And probably (in the right community) a healthier habit than the bar.
There’s an undeniable power to corporate music, especially when it seems like everyone connects and participates. Some of my favorite moments having played for churches for 20+ years are when the people just keep going after the musicians would have quit, so we shrug and catch back up with the congregation.