You know, some of our great old hymns just don’t connect with the children of this century. Or the past century. The “thee’s” and “thou’s” and “shalt’s” and especially the “shalt not’s” just aren’t easy to identify with for the new generation.
But even more off-putting than the outdated language are those insistent themes of dedication, self-sacrifice, and so forth.
So I’ve thought about updating some of those grand classic hymns – if not with more contemporary language – at least with a more realistic outlook. You know, titles like:
- Living By Fate
- Take My Life and Let it Alone
- I Need Thee Every Week
- It is Well With My Bankroll
- Joyful, Joyful We Ignore Thee
- Lord, I Want to Like You More
- O Master, Let Me Balk With Thee
- ‘Tis The Blessed Minute of Prayer
- We’ll Wait ‘Til Jesus Comes
- Let Jesus Bear The Cross Alone
- Come Let Us Worship and Sit Down
I just think we’d all be more comfortable with some hymns like these.
8 thoughts on “Hymnal for the 21st Century”
“Ouch” yet <>again<>. I dunno whether to laugh or feel guilty.
Keith, another suggestion; don’t write a song book:)
How about “I sit, I sit, in awe of you”?
“Two-and-a-half percent to Jesus, I surrender”
JAT, I see you’ve been reading < HREF="http://joelquile.blogspot.com/2007/10/my-master-and-my-money.html" REL="nofollow">Joel Quile’s blog<>, too!
Let’s not forget “Have My Own Way.”
Karen, bob – Excellent suggestions!
I see you’re point but look at the cup 1/2 full.>I’m glad I’m on the narrow road!