We hear a lot about the worship wars between traditional music versus contemporary music. They say if you want to split a liberal church, start a fight over gender and sexuality. If you want to split an conservative church, just change the hymnal.
There's a whole movement called CGM, the Church Growth Movement. Most CGM experts say the way to get a crowd is by using the right worship music. Some even suggest polling the crowd to choose your music.
A pastor of one of the largest churches in America said:
Years ago, after being frustrated trying to please everyone I decided to survey our church. I passed out 3 x 5 cards to everyone in the Crowd service and asked them to write down the call letters of the radio station they listened to.
Then they used the crowd's preferences up and down the radio dial to select their worship music.
But this passage, Mark 14, shows us an altogether different approach. Tonight we're going to see that our worship is primarily for Christ's approval, not the crowd's.