Pulling the Plug on Pedagogy
Ignorance and indifference are two of the most pernicious opponents of the Christian. Lutheranism's bulwark against apostasy has traditionally been the quality of education delivered through its worship and schools.
It is lamentable (but not surprising, for we live in an age of anti-intellectualism), then, to see the wholesale rejection of the Lutheran Liturgy and its Hymnody. Even the scholars and Theologians of the Reformation knew the importance of these, as evidenced in the text below:
Our traditions (from the macro cycle of the Church Year to the Lectionaries, to the Divine Service, to the individual Hymns) are literally dripping with education and instruction, equipping the "common folk" for their lives as God's children.
The Divine Service represents a superlatively economical and dense exposition of Christian Theology. However well-intentioned changes might be, replacing portions of the Service with "mood music" reperesents a lost opportunity to receive God's Word through the pedagogical dimensions of the Service.
The result? Poorly equipped laypeople (and children--the orginal German includes them) lacking the strength to resist the fiery darts of our age (Eph. 6:10). By depriving our congregations of instruction in God's Word, we do them and ourselves a disservice (pun intended).