Secular music and the church

A religious leader, whose eldest son once played in the secular band Strategy and in a church band, has joined in the debate as to whether a member of a church should be allowed to do both.

The Reverend Carl Barker of the Shalem Evangelical Church told High Note that it had to do with the type of music which the secular band played.

“Secular doesn’t necessarily mean unholy,” Barker, a trained singer and musician argued.

He said there was a tendency for him to favour a secular song which did not proclaim something directly related to the church, but portrayed good values. The church leader noted that even calypso, which as a boy he never liked, was acceptable in certain aspects.

“Some calypsoes you can listen to and smile and they don’t cut across your Christian values. It’s a matter of what the music is saying,” he insisted.

Barker pointed out that his other two sons, who were also trained musicians, were fully into the church and their Christianity, but that he was still waiting on the elder one to return to his rightful place.

He suggested that when a child reached the age of adulthood, he was responsible for making his own decisions.

“When you are not nine or 10, you make your own choices,” observed the priest.

Barker told this paper that his oldest son, a trained and accomplished organist, now filled in at some churches when the substantive organist was not available, adding: “But I’m still waiting for him to return to his place.

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