People are so different from one another. In some cultures, we may see twice the tears over a death, and more crying out loud, because it’s more normative in other cultures to express themselves this way. But, Americans tend to be more reserved. And, they differ among themselves, greatly. The Great American Melting Pot. People shaped by privacy and independence within the general culture, their family cultures, their personalities, and their individual experiences.
Now, imagine a whole room full of people who come from different church backgrounds, or no church background. People who haven’t been on their faith journey with other people until recently. What is the normative worship expression of that group, during singing? Is it really even very relevant?
We know that God looks at the heart. Man often has a hard time seeing the heart. Maybe “What should worship look like?” is the wrong question for us. “What could worship look like?” might be a better one. Maybe even better: “How can we build up the body in unity?” Or even, “What cultural trapping of mine could be getting in the way of what God is wanting to accomplish among his people?” Paul’s exhortation in Romans 12:1-2 comes to mind: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”