Music Wars

The music war will plague the church until Jesus comes again. Every side and angle believes they are correct. Personal preference are superimposed on Scripture. Every side believes they know what God likes best.

Check out this article from USA Today.

And then my short audio commentary.

For more commentaries like the above; check out my sermon page on this blog.

1 comment:

  1. Your link doesn't work. For anyone reading this who couldn't get it to work, this is where it was pointing:

    Around the 7 minute mark on your commentary: "But the fact of the matter is, we prefer one another. We prefer one another, and the preferring of one another recognizes that while I may not be being blessed by this music, someone else may be being ministered to by this particular song. While this may be too much for me, it may be too little for someone else." Very good point that I wish was more prevalent in the circles of Christianity I've known.

    However, something a friend of mine told me when we were discussing music also made a good point. We got to talking about Christian rock/rap/etc and he mentioned that he wouldn't listen to any of that. I asked him why and he told me about how, before he was saved, he had been into a lot of secular rock/rap that was not God-glorifying in the least. He said that whenever he listened to those genres at all--regardless of their lyrics--it brought him back to that time. So, he avoided them alltogether. That's something that made perfect sense to me--to him, those genres brought him back too close to a life he'd since abandoned. Usually, I like to encourage people to listen to these Christian rock/rap/etc bands and try to stretch their mind and truly consider the music. For him, I wouldn't dream of pushing that.

    When you mentioned not being able to understand the words, I was about to comment about "other people may be able to understand it", then you covered just that point, which I was glad to hear. Saying a song is wrong because you can't understand the words seems to be a dangerous statement to me, because that says that any song that is not in English or extremely simple Spanish is sinful, because I can't understand the words. I know that's not the point that statement means to make, but it certainly seems to point that way.

    Also, one additional point I'd like to make, coming from my perspective as a writer, is this: When I write, I don't always write out exactly what I mean. I employ various literary devices we were taught in English class such as symbolism, metaphor, simile, etc. This might lead to a piece that does not seem to have anything to do with Christianity, when in fact it does. I understand the point people make when they talk about lyrics, but I do not think that making God-approved music must restrict writers to only straight-forward lyrics. If I was told I could only write things that were blatanly about God, I would be very taken aback and most of my writing would likely just stop (or I would blow off the idea and continue writing as I do). I can't imagine limiting myself that way and not stretching my abilities and using the gift of writing God has given me to the best of my ability. Seeing people harp on lyrics that don't directly speak about/to God grates on me because of that. A literary piece doesn't mean just one thing, it's based on interpretation a lot of times. Other times, it's meaning is buried. I once wrote a story about a boy standing on a fence while his mother demanded he get down; it was actually about choosing to follow God or following the world instead. No religious concept was ever mentioned in the story, but that's what it was about.

    In trying to summarize that last point (because it's late and I know it must seem like I rambled there), writers use devices in their wriing that obfuscate their meaning. It's a part of what we do, a part of our talent and skill; I think more people should take that into account when evaluating works by Christians, before slamming them for their apparent lack of relgious content.