|There are two musical situations on which I think we can be confident that a blessing rests. One is where a priest or an organist, himself a man of trained and delicate taste, humbly and charitably sacrifices his own (aesthetically right) desires and gives the people humbler and coarser fare than he would wish, in a belief (even, as it may be, the erroneous belief) that he can thus bring them to God. The other is where the stupid and unmusical layman humbly and patiently, and above all silently, listens to music which he cannot, or cannot fully, appreciate, in the belief that it somehow glorifies God, and that if it does not edify him this must be his own defect. Neither such a High Brow nor such a Low Brow can be far out of the way. To both, Church Music will have been a means of grace; not the music they have liked, but the music they have disliked. They have both offered, sacrificed, their taste in the fullest sense. But where the opposite situation arises, where the musician is filled with the pride of skill or the virus of emulation and looks with contempt on the unappreciative congregation, or where the unmusical, complacently entrenched in their own ignorance and conservatism, look with the restless and resentful hostility of an inferiority complex on all who would try to improve their taste – there, we may be sure, all that both offer is unblessed and the spirit that moves them is not the Holy Ghost.
From Christian Reflections, by C.S. Lewis
|Heavenly Father, be with us as we seek to bring glory and honor to you with the skills that you have given us. Whether we play, compose, sing, or even sit silently and listen, let us remember that it is You who granted us these abilities. It is You for whom we play. It is you who deserves any praise or adulation.
Use our instruments and their players today to bring honor to You, to bring others to see Your light, and to give further enlightenment to ourselves. We ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Savior.
|C.S. Lewis, perhaps Christianity's most famous convert of the 20th Century, was a professor at Oxford and Cambridge. He grew up an atheist, but converted to Christianity at age 33. After that he devoted much of his life to writing about the Faith.
Famous for the depth of his thinking, yet with the ability to express those thoughts with the clarity that a child could understand, Lewis wrote on many subjects. Here Lewis writes about Musical Taste.
|Thoughts for Christian Violinists as well a other Christian Musicians and Worship Leaders.
C. S. Lewis
On Musical Taste
|Clive Staples "Jack" Lewis