I have been a minister of music in mostly Southern Baptist churches for going on 22 years. What is going on now just beats me, and I wonder how any of you might handle it. Our pastor is a Bob Jones graduate, and I tell you this just as an aside, because he himself is not a part of the problem. But because he is a BJU graduate, this has drawn others who are from the old BJ school (that everything is a sin) to our membership. Now, the problem. Christmas. More specifically, the Christmas musical I have selected to do. There is nothing out of the ordinary about this; it is typical for a Christmas musical that comes straight off the shelf at Lifeway. As is found in just about all of the Christmas musicals found at Lifeway, it contains selections that are what I will call uptempo numbers. I bought the listening pack and played it for the choir one Wednesday night. I realize I may have made a mistake in what I did next, but I let the choir vote on whether or not they wanted to do this one, of if they wanted me to keep looking. Of those who expressed a preference (because there were some who didn't care one way or the other), an overwhelming majority of 85% voted to do this one with the pre-recorded soundtrack. So you know, more didn't care whether we did it with the CD or with just our pianist & organist than didn't want to use the CD at all. May I add that the vast majority of this music sounds as though it was lifted note for note and beat for beat from a Bill Gaither Homecoming video. The most evil song sounds as though it is a choral arrangement of a song sung by the southern gospel group, The Martins. It just so happens that 2 (one who was in attendance that night and one who was not) who did not want to use the CD at all are of the BJU mindset. When they heard the demo CD, I might as well have just sacrificed an infant to Satan. They both declined to participate in the Christmas musical, which of course is their choice. One, however, has taken it upon herself to not only not participate, but to also stop this Chistmas musical from being done at all. She has e-mailed me telling me she did not come to church looking for an "experience" (in reference to a large charismatic church here in town) and how sad she was that I and those who wanted to sing this music couldn't see how this didn't fit into a church service. But she didn't stop there. She has begun pressuring the pastor (remember that he is a BJU grad) to stop this musical. I have talked to him several times and each time he has told me that I could do whatever music I wanted to with his full support. Tonight, there was a meeting between this lady, her husband, and the pastor. I was not there; I don't know the outcome. So, here is the dilemma: I can either not do this music (or possibly do it without the CD) and cave in to pressure and risk making the others angry, or continue on and endure. What would you do?????