Are we turning our places of worship into discothèques? Do we worship NOISE instead of our creator?
It is doubtful if you communicate better with your creator when you shout. You can make a joyful noise without bursting your tympanic membranes and those of other people in the neighborhood. Do we really need to make so much noise to show exuberant worship? Do our prayers get answered more rapidly when a pastor is shouting with all his vocal strength into a microphone, connected to monster speakers? And then, the accordions, drums, tambourines, organs all adding to the noisy pandemonium !
The sad thing is congregants actually stand a few meters to the rancorous noisy speakers!
It is written,
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you”.
So, I was at a funeral service in a church recently and again noticed this same noisiness that has always bothered me.. the level of noise in (some) religious places of worship, notably churches. While both the Christians and Muslims are guilty of placing loudspeakers at vantage rooftops, the churches are more guilty of intra church noise (noise within the church building itself) compared to the Muslim folks.
I have always wondered why you have to leave a place of worship with a raging headache due to the high decibel level. You attend some church services, and your head and hearing may never remain the same as they were before you entered. Splitting headache, ringing eardrums, hearing acuity being steadily degraded.
Why do we have kingsized speakers in most churches? Shouldn’t people be warned about the gradual / insidious hearing loss that this regular exposure to high decibel noise levels would cause? As sure as God made little apples, this hearing loss is not a matter of “if”, it is a matter of “when”. It may take time, be gradual, but.it would happen all the same.
If the reason for the strident blaring noise is to ensure everybody hears the preaching and the music well enough, how about using several moderately powered speakers instead, placed equidistantly throughout the church building? By doing this, you would be sure that anywhere within the premises, everybody would hear everything clearly, without bursting their eardrums.
Prolonged frequent exposure to high noise.levels can lead to gradual hearing loss, among other things.
We already have other sources of noise we can’t totally avoid (like noise from traffic).Why wilfully add another which we can easily avoid?
Listening to high level noise can elevate blood pressure too. The wikipedia informs us better here
I am concerned (in this particular post) with noises witin the premises itself) and not the nuisance factor of placing multiple high powered speakers outside the premises to annoy and disturb the hapless neighbours. Lagos state (for instance) already has an edict and has been clamping down on places of worship who get riotously noisy with Night Vigils etc.
While serving God in places of worship, let us be mindful that we are not inadvertently causing damage to our health.
I guess a word is sufficient for the wise, even if this warning probably needs to be shouted from the rooftops to get people to take notice