The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/11/1998):

Worship and Conceit
This summer, the WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK will be taken from the many and
varied writings of C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963. This is the year we celebrate the
centenary of his birth. Today's quote is on the subject of Christian deference
and worship wars. That's right, ours is not the first generation in which
Christians have struggled over style issues as they relate to the music used
in worship.

When I first became a Christian, about fourteen years ago, I thought that I
could do it on my own, by retiring to my rooms and reading theology, and
wouldn't go to the churches and Gospel Halls; . . . . I disliked very much
their hymns which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music.
But as I went on I saw the merit of it. I came up against different people of
quite different outlooks and different education, and then gradually my
conceit just began peeling off. I realized that the hymns (which were just
sixth-rate music) were, nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by
an old saint in elastic-side boots in the opposite pew, and then you realize
that you aren't fit to clean those boots. It gets you out of your solitary

C.S. Lewis, "Answers to Questions on Christianity" from GOD IN THE DOCK:

[In another place, Lewis writes, " . . . good taste in poetry or music is not
necessary to salvation." Lord, give us grace to major on the majors. Forgive
our "solitary conceit."]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina