Music saved the world. That doesn’t mean that scholars, theologians, and saints didn’t play a role, but it wasn’t logical arguments that touched the hearts of millions. It was music that took hold of hearts and minds and helped spread the Gospel.
The time of Jesus was a period of decadence, violence, and fear. It was also a time of unprecedented interconnectedness. An idea that started in the Roman empire could spread quickly throughout the world. It was the perfect time for Jesus to introduce the message of the Gospel.
Our world today is more interconnected than ever, and, like the Roman empire, it is a world that is desperately in need of the beauty of the Gospel.
If the early Christians changed the world, so can we. We can make music that isn’t simply a pale imitation of the secular, that isn’t just good enough. We need, and are capable of creating, music that is beautiful enough to convey the beauty of God.
In this audio clip from How the Choir Converted the World: Through Hymns, With Hymns, and In Hymns, Mike Aquilina challenges us to save the world again through the surprising power of music.