As Long as Music is About Jesus, Baptist Leader Gets Excited By Allie Martin January 31, 2003 (AgapePress) - The head of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has weighed in on one of the most controversial topics in churches today: music. Many churches and denominations are debating the issue of Christian music. Some feel there should be more of an emphasis on traditional hymns, while others believe contemporary Christian music reaches more people in today's society. SBC president Dr. Jack Graham says Christians too often get sidetracked on such arguments. "I hear about all these 'worship wars' going on in churches," Graham says. "Now isn't that sick? Fighting over worship? "I know we get all uptight about the kinds and styles of music that we sing, and I've heard of churches that are being split and splintered over music and music styles -- and I think, 'The devil must really enjoy that.' I guess that's why they said when the devil fell, he fell into the choir loft." The Baptist leader says Christians need to quit arguing about issues that do not matter and put their focus on Jesus. "There's so much wasted effort on this subject," he says. "I don't care if you're singing Southern gospel, classic hymns, or contemporary songs in praise and worship -- if it's about Jesus, I get excited about it." Graham made his comments earlier this week at the annual Mississippi Evangelism Conference in Tupelo. He also took time to praise the leadership of President Bush, saying the chief executive is a man of Christian character and convictions. But Graham also notes the president is influenced by many special-interest groups vying for his attention. He believes Bush is being pulled in many directions by many different people. "There are many voices that vie for our attention -- and when you're the president of the United States, the impact of those voices is very strong," Graham says. "That's why we need to pray for our president, that he will hear, first of all, from God. And then we pray that the advisors around him and the counsel that he gets is godly counsel, because he's making decisions every day that most of us could never fathom." Graham says since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, President Bush has proven he is the right man for the job. © 2003 AgapePress all rights reserved.