Why Don’t Men Sing in the Church?

In my previous post I noted that a heart that has been gripped by God’s grace and love cannot help but sing and boast and glory in God. As I was reflecting on that some more I remembered a sermon by Alistair Begg which he begins by noting that American men don’t sing and that he thinks you can really tell when an American man has been converted when he begins to sing in church. Watch it below. If it doesn’t start at the right point you will need to skip ahead to the 5 minute mark.

It seems Martin Luther would agree:

God has made our hearts and spirits happy through His… Son, whom He
has delivered up that we might be redeemed from sin, death, and the devil.
He who believes this sincerely and earnestly cannot help but be happy;
he must cheerfully sing and talk about this, that others might hear it and
come to Christ. If any would not sing and talk of what Christ has wrought
for us, he shows thereby that he does not really believe and that he belongs
not [to the realm of ] New Testament [religion].

Along with Isaac Watt’s who wrote in the hymn, “We’re Marching to Zion:”

Come, we that love the Lord

And let our joys be known

Join in a song with sweet accord

And thus surround the throne

Let those refuse to sing

Who never knew our God

But favorites of the heavenly King

May speak their joys abroad.

People who are happy in God sing praises to God.

Lazy, No Good Pastors

Martin Luther’s Plea to Pastors (though it applies to all Christians).

Some pastors and preachers are lazy and no good. They do not pray; they do not read; they do not search the Scripture…The call is: watch, study, attend to reading. In truth you cannot read too much Scripture; and what you read you cannot read too carefully, and what you read carefully you cannot understand too well, and what you understand well you cannot teach too well, and what you teach well you cannot live too well…The devil…the world…and our flesh are raging and raving against us. Therefore, dear sirs and brothers, pastors and preachers, pray, read, study, be diligent…This evil, shameful time is not the season for being lazy, for sleeping and snoring.