LaHaye and Jenkins have their Left Behind, and I have my own “Left Out.”
My tiny take on a tiny slice of Christendom Pie paints no armageddish picture (but it does mix metaphors!). Truthfully, it’s rather un-cataclysmic. For most of you, this is probably rather boring, so the only connection with “Left Behind” may be the word “left.”
At times, I am left out of the goings-on in church gatherings because music is not made available when I’m supposed to be singing. I don’t like being left out—and again, this is nothing like being left behind if there were to be a rapture (I doubt there will be)—but the fact is, I am left out.
Displaying music on PowerPoint slides (or in hymnals) acknowledges general congregational literacy and enables the musically literate worshippers to take part fully.
Stated in the Negative
Not displaying music assumes general illiteracy and disables some of us musically literate worshippers who don’t know the song.
How is it, exactly, that I am disabled? If I end up guessing whether F goes to G next, or to Eb, I’m wrong half the time. I choose not to be more distracted by intuiting the notes than by being passive. Hmmm. That was some awkward phrasing, so let me try again…. Either way, I’m going to be distracted some, and for me, it’s usually better not to try to sing at all when there’s no music notation and I don’t know the song. My soul does better in just trying to listen and maybe meditating for a few instants on some concept in a line I hear, than in trying and failing to sing the right notes.
Take either the positive or the negative, and affirm or deny. I’d like to see your thoughts.
People who think displaying at least the melody line of the music is “elitist” may be 12% right, but is that 12% worth leaving some of us out? I really don’t like being left out. On the other hand, I am finding it necessary to make at least some allowances for trends in the church at large.
I do have to wonder whether I’ll be able to sing anything at all in 10 or 20 years if the enterprise of displaying music continues its recalcitrant path in so many churches.
 I have little use for the whole hyped-up LaHaye series because a) it is, well, hyped up, and b) it assumes the “rapture” and other eschatological events that I do not assume.