Frequently I have seen objections to contemporary worship music that say something along these lines: "Why, it's designed to appeal to the listener's emotions" or "It's performance-oriented". The thought occurred to me the other day that those who say such things, and therefore state a preference for "traditional" worship music, are oftentimes the same ones who seem to have no objections to emotionalism during the preaching segment of a worship service. Think about it: I'm thinking of tearful personal stories being told, pounding of the pulpit (bonus points for actually breaking something), shouting, running around the platform (lots of "performance" going on), etc.- usually culminating in several tear-choked choruses of "Just As I Am" or "I Surrender All". I've been in (and know of) some IFB churches that are just as I've described. It's not so much that many people or groups are actually outright opposed to perceived displays of emotion in worship services: it's that they choose to limit such displays to only the segments of worship services in which they are comfortable with or accustomed to such displays. Some may agree with what I've said; I'm sure that others won't. So what do YOU think?