19 Jan THE TECH-WISE FAMILY BY ANDY CROUCH, CHAPTER 9
Perhaps more than any other activity we partake in, singing connects our heart, soul, mind, and strength. But in our easy-everywhere world, “playing music” requires little more than hitting the play button. What do we lose when we limit our experience of music to personal earbuds played just so loudly that we can’t hear the world around us? For starters, we lose our ability to worship together. When music-making is reserved only for the trained and on pitch (or auto-tuned) professionals, we lose one of our chief means of glorifying God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Singing together on Sunday morning as a church family and singing together throughout the week as an individual family reinforces for us and our children the practice of worship. Our daily singing won’t be perfectly in tune, but it will allow us to be known by and to fully know those around us. More importantly it will be intentional rehearsal for when we join the whole cosmos in singing “Holy, Holy, Holy!”
Chapter 9 of The Tech-Wise Family reminds us of the importance of singing together, “rather than letting recorded and amplified music take over our lives and worship.” As you read this chapter, consider what is lost and how you can recover it when we turn over our God-given gift of singing to performers and professionals, both in and out of the church.