I have gotten to the point where I don’t believe people when they tell me that they like contemporary church services because of the more upbeat music. I am convinced that the attraction is more along the lines of the more relaxed and casual atmosphere of a contemporary service. I have seen churches that have both a “traditional” service and a “contemporary” service and you know what happens? The Pastor acts completely different in one than he does in the other. In the traditional service (meaning, the service where they sing hymns out of the hymnal and stick to the structure and wording of the liturgy), he is more reserved, more reverent in fact. In the Contemporary service, it’s like he changes personalities. Suddenly the reverence is gone, replaced by a casual sort of attitude that fits the character of the service better.
So the question is not, what kind of music or musical instruments are appropriate in worship. The question is, what should the character of worship be? I have yet to see a blended or contemporary service that was conducted with the same reverence and formality that characterizes most “traditional” services (though these can be conducted quite irreverently as well). Reverence and formality are non-negotiables in my opinion. God is not informal. His very presence demands reverence and holy fear. Do your services convey this about God?