In our modern culture, corporate singing (often highly emotive and passionate) can feel strange. To someone with no church background, it can even aesthetically look cultish at first glance.
The counterbalance is that worship (as practiced by modern Christians) if done genuinely, has a human magnetism to it. A strange curiosity almost always emerges in the person experiencing it for the first time. It is arguably the fastest way of connecting to the Spirit of God and the family of faith. At a time of siloed individualism and impediments of every kind to real human emotion and connectivity, evangelical worship completely flies in the face of that culture current. It unabashedly seeks to display vulnerability in outward emotional expression. It forces us to look beyond our egocentric habits and focus on something outside ourselves. It puts the creator before creation and fills us with gratitude and humility.
Lastly, singing together is one of the oldest human practices both in and outside our faith. It’s a way to tell stories, connect with history and take words further than they can go alone. When we lift our voices as one we join the eternal choir of the saints. Christian brothers and sisters long before us and have expressed their faith in this unifying way. His Church will practice this long after we lay down our arms and go home. The very act of corporate worship grafts us into the tapestry of His moving and vibrant Kingdom. It’s mind-blowingly powerful if you think about it long enough.