My pastor said something this past Sunday that struck me as, well, wrong. Something to the effect of if you don’t sing then you have no joy and went on to cite Ephesians 5:19 as some sort of proof text. Other than certain tenets of the church’s Calvinist roots, I’ve never heard him make such a blunder.
I think he was defending why we sing so many Christmas carols during the time of praise before the sermon. He related singing Christmas carols to having joy. Joy that this is the season we celebrate Christ’s birth and His provision for humanities’ salvation. That and I think perhaps he was trying to use some sort of light guilt tactic to get people to see the Christmas musical that night. I don’t know why religion continues to use guilt as a means of control or persuasion over people. It doesn’t work anymore, at least not in my generation and those younger. Really, think about it, how can guilt work when most have some sort of perverted sense of morality anyway?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m certainly not mad about pastor’s faux-pas. I’ve been hearing from pastors and my father for years that I should…or need…to sing. They’ve often looked at me very seriously as if there’s something wrong, like my soul will be damned to Hell if I don’t sing because they think I need to; I see their faces as plain as day, even sixteen or more years later.
Fundamentalism. Makes me glad to be alive.