Yesterday I continued to help removing our church organ. Where it once was there’s now a gap…
I’ve been part of our Lowestoft church family for 35 years; ‘the organ’ has been a constant source of debate and disagreement. Typically there are 4 points of view, each expressed with passion:
- Pro-organ: speaking of tradition, beauty, reverence, the importance of the instrument.
- Anti-organ: speaking of progress, relevance, reflecting current culture.
- Compromise: we should have a bit of everything and try to please everybody.
- Anti-argument: we shouldn’t discuss it– there are much more important things to consider.
Then there’s the God part – how we best express worship, what it says in the Bible, what God would want…
Sometimes discussions have been uncomfortable and unhelpful. Here’s 7 lessons I’ve learnt:
- Respect: It’s OK for other people to hold different points of view; they should be encouraged to express them.
- Strength: It’s good for people to hold different points of view. Different viewpoints makes a group of people stronger.
- Understanding: In discussion I’m not to prove I’m right and the other person is wrong. I need to understand their point of view.
- Prejudice: I like to put people in boxes; if this person thinks this then…I jump to conclusions about people too quickly.
- Destructive: Debate that’s seen as winning and losing can be destructive.
- Constructive: disagreement is about coming together to find a positive way forward.
- Compassion: People can be hurt in discussions and decisions; I need to be more sensitive to the reactions of those around me.
Today my reading was Numbers 6 that includes a good prayer for everybody – especially those who I may disagree with:
‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.’
2 thoughts on “Organ Lessons”
This would go well with my thoughts and talks on Philippians. Being of one mind.. says Paul. Does that mean having the same opinion or thinking in harmony —having the same key and chords, but singing different notes in harmony??
Thanks Nigel – good illustration – different notes but in harmony. To me it’s not just accepting differences but welcoming and using them as a strength.