I’ve heard more than one person say that the old hymns contain some serious doctrine if you listen to them closely. I can’t and won’t argue with this. I have noticed recently, however, that some contemporary Christian music also contains some profound messages, assuming you are willing to listen closely.
Case in point: “Lose My Soul” by tobyMac (portable sounds album). What makes this song even more amazing is that it is what we in the over 45 crowd would call “Rap Music”. Normally I can’t turn it off quickly enough, but this song has me hooked.
Anyway, back to my point. “Lose My Soul” has some deep water in it, such as:
“Man I wanna tell you all something, Man.
Man I’m not gonna let these material things, get in my way, you all.
I’m trying to get somewhere.
I’m trying to get somewhere,
That’s real and pure and true and eternal.”
Amen to that. And another example from the same song:
“Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on You.
Grant us the privilege of Your world view,
And may Your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.”
Grant us the privilege of Your world view. Yes…. please do.
I was going to blog about Dancing with the Stars, but a meeting at Ryan’s High School last night changed my plans. I attended a presentation by CJ Hitz of MediaTalk101, who talked about the impact of media on your spiritual life. He put into words some things that I have been anxious about for a while. His presentation on media covered a broad range of media influences, not just TV but also music, the internet, blogs, movies, video games, “social media” like Myspace, etc, etc. Some things I wrote down that I thought were particularly impactful thoughts presented by CJ:
What do your media choice indicate about your relationship with Jesus?
He talked about how we often consume media almost constantly, several hours a day. One possible explanation for ‘staying constantly stimulated’ by some form of media is that we are avoiding some real issue on our plate. (if I avoid silence, I can avoid hearing what God might say to me)
Another thing he said really hit home with me. “All media has a message, and the message has an impact on your life.” (it’s not just entertainment)
Finally, he used a great illustration of being in a large, well lit city, and complaining that you can’t see many stars at night. The light ‘distraction’ and ‘pollution’ keeps you from seeing the stars. The stars are overhead in a big city just as they are in a pitch dark canyon in the middle of the country, the only difference is that the environment that you have immersed yourself in is preventing a clear view. He then asked whether the media influences that we consume every day are preventing a clear view of God. Great question.
I’m not preaching, I found these questions very convicting.
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