Terrestrial Music

Music of this earth. Music of the world. Worldly music.

I’m not speaking of “secular” music–I’m speaking of any music that doesn’t glorify God. (The pot is much bigger, sadly).

I look around and I see Christians living lives of failure. They’ve been set free and yet they still feel bound! Why is this? The ways of the world enslave us, but the cords of our bondage are invisible to us.

Somewhere along the way Christians have been sold the lie that we’re smart enough to discern what is good for us and what is bad for us. “That isn’t so bad,” we say. “This will not hurt me in the grand scheme of things.” In many ways we have traded our submission to God’s wisdom for the foolish notions of the world!

And why are we surprised that we are drinking from the same cup of consequence? Why are we surprised that we feel far from God–numb, depressed, helpless, worthless, and guilty?

Jesus brings freedom! Freedom from lust, gluttony, laziness, and so many other forms of bondage (as well as the issues listed above). Avoiding these things is not common sense. We will fall into that pit if we do not heed the Master’s words.

Satan wants us to not glorify, trust, or obey God. He would fill his heart with glee to see us cursing God with our mouth, murdering, perverting our bodies, etc. But Satan is just as pleased with the Christian who is ineffective in glorifying, trusting, and obeying God. This is Satan’s one goal–to subvert God.

Satan’s greatest tool is distraction. When music does not glorify God, it is the great distraction.

Ezekiel 28 gives us the best description of Satan and his fall from God. See Ezekiel 28:13

You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The sardius, topaz, and diamond,
Beryl, onyx, and jasper,
Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you on the day you were created.

This passage is the source of opinion of some that Satan was the worship leader in heaven.

Music is that mix of words and tones that has the ability to dominate our minds in a way nothing else does. If Satan were the worship leader in heaven and he is now using his tool against God, he is doing a very good job.

Music is so very attractive and exhilarating, and we tend to be drawn in by the chord progression and melodies rather than the words. Many go so far as to claim that the words mean little to nothing to them. This is foolishness.

If we know the words, they are in our mind. Man is the sum of his parts. We are like a pot with a crack in the bottom. We put things into our mind and hearts at the top, and as we fill ourselves, whatever is at the bottom of the pot trickles out. If we are filling ourselves with thoughts from God, we will soon be filled with thoughts from above. If we fill ourselves with thoughts from this earth, we will be forcing out God’s thoughts from before. It is a daily job to fill ourselves with God.

Here are my contentions with terrestrial music:

  • Gateway drug to the world’s foolishness and consequences
  • Supreme distraction from God’s glory and wisdom
  • Drowns out the voice of God
  • Legitimizes and propagates bad advice

Perhaps I will expound on these later.

I found freedom–it was the kind I was looking for

Christian freedom.

From the outside (looking in):

What kind of freedom is this? All I see are people who do not have fun. They say that they are no longer about rules, but all I see is so many people abstaining from the good things in life. Sure–they don’t do some terrible things like getting into drugs or cheating on their wives, but there are other areas where they just go too far. Why is it that so-called “Christian freedom” just translates into rules you follow because you “love God” or something?

To the outsiders Christian freedom can sound like new branding on Old Testament law. However, when Jesus came, He did not diminish the (non-ceremonial) law–he expanded it. In the days of Moses, one was not allowed to murder. Jesus expanded it to the heart and made the sin of murder equivalent with the sin of disdain of a brother.

So what is this freedom that is brought through obedience?

God conveyed in the Bible that people who do not have the Spirit of God residing in them are enslaved to sin and that they have no other path to take than that of sin. They do not know any better. This brings us to the first aspect of God’s freedom. He lets us know that a certain act is wrong. Why would we not partake in an act if we didn’t know it was wrong? As you can see, the first step to freedom that God gives us is wisdom.

The second aspect of God’s freedom is that He empowers us to defeat our desire to sin. He promises:

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (emphasis added)

So did God bring us the freedom to lie, cheat, drink, and steal? No–all of these things are not freedom! These actions will enslave us in our spirit and will sooner or later affect our relationships with God and others. So many people are living in turmoil based upon past decisions and they may not even know why.

The effects of sin are not always apparent! Families have brought curses upon themselves for sin (and these curses can stay for generations if not combated in the name of Jesus).

People outside the body of Christ will not understand the freedom Christ gives us from the foolishness of the world–it will look like following rules to them.

Don’t run in the street,” Jesus says, “this will lead to your death.” We are like Jesus’ blind children who can think of no good reason to not run in the street.

We can’t see the cars.

We don’t trust Jesus for the freedom to run in the street. We trust Jesus for the freedom to not become spiritual roadkill.

I read Twilight (forgive me)

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

So I read Twilight, and I am surprised that it is so popular.

I am completely troubled by the fact that Bella and Edward’s relationship is supremely and completely based upon aesthetics. I was surprised at it really! It seems that women criticize men for only focusing on looks (which I do not believe is the reality of the situation), but the beau of this book stands only upon his looks! His character qualities (as well as hers, for that matter) are ugly! He is arrogant, commanding, angry, and stalker-ish. The book does not hide the fact that she is mesmerized, captivated, and helplessly in love with him based solely upon his appearance. There isn’t a time that they converse that Bella does not think on his eyes, muscles, smile, or face. This shallowness also went the other way! He didn’t like her for her personality but was drawn to her because of her scent and mystery.

I was simply struck at how shallow their relationship was. All they ever did was fight when they weren’t in awe of each other.

The book was very dark. The whole book consisted of Edward’s homicidal tension. It was much like sexual tension except for the meat of the tension was Edward’s desire to murder Bella (the book’s premise would hold if Edward were a serial killer or rapist fighting his nature). The problem was also that Bella didn’t help him fight his temptation. She was in love with him and intimated to him many times that she didn’t really mind if he drank all her blood. She was under his spell when he didn’t necessarily want her to be.

My main problem with the story was the darkness, but the close runner-up was the defense of letting love override one’s better judgment. On Edward’s side–the story was about a vampire fighting his nature. On Bella’s side–the story was about abandoning all her better judgment to be with the most beautiful person she’d ever seen.

In short, the book was a case study in destructive relationships.

Bella ends up lying to everyone and hurting her family all for the beautiful lie.

I’m just glad that the girls are reading Boy Meets Girl in turn. Hopefully it’ll dispel some of the romanticization of the shallow, fake, dangerous, stupid love in Twilight (which is not love).

Taking interest

There is much entertainment in the world.

I entertain myself with keeping up-to-date on technology, social media, and political news. Sometimes I entertain myself by meandering around Wikipedia and learning things. With Google at my fingertips, a world of distraction’s always a click away. Other times I will entertain myself with YouTube or normal television and movies.

But when I think about the things in life that I really consider important, I am led to wonder why I fill my time with the above. These things I entertain myself with are nowhere to be found in the thought.

And yet they are exciting, riveting, and dare I say–satisfying. But only for a moment.

“This is an outrage!” I think as I note that I am dominating my mind, time, and money with things that even by my own admission don’t matter. “You must stop doing these things that do not matter in the long run!”

Stop following politics? Stop following technology? Stop following social media? Stop watching tv?

I wish I had the strength.

If I did abandon these things, I would feel weak. I have taken pride in my knowledge of computers, politics, and popular culture.

And therein lies the source. Therein lies the enemy.

Is it that my pride in what I think I know and should know is keeping me from being successful in things that I find more important?

Let’s say I fall out of knowledge concerning politics, television, and technology. Am I missing much?

No–not much.

Can you try?

God is always speaking. Do you believe that?

He’s speaking by His Spirit all the time and we can read some of His words that He has communicated to our ancestors. Why are we so afraid to state what God is saying?

We don’t have to say “Thus sayeth the Lord,” but we should at least make ourselves comfortable with “Perhaps God is saying” or “I think God is saying.”

Strong Women music

I was talking to my bro about how much I despise Superchick’s music. I was explaining to him that I thought their concepts were less spiritual than they were “strong woman” music. I was just spouting off, but it did get me to thinking.

I was noting the most popular themes of what I would call “strong woman” music. They are: not being sad about leaving someone, life/people not getting them down, being “independent,” and a paradoxical concept of being skanky while still ladylike.

I feel like these songs represent women fighting to go against their nature. Many of these character traits are unladylike. It is (generally speaking) normal for a woman to be more emotionally involved in relationships, it is normal for words/stresses of life to affect them greatly, it’s their nature to dependent on men, and being sex-driven is generally a masculine trait!

Why would women try to go against their nature (or at least sing feelings that are foreign to them), and who defined strong femininity to be masculinity?

In fact, many of these traits are distinctly masculine. Men are (generally speaking) not as emotionally involved in relationships, they don’t care as much about what others think, they are independent by nature, and they have great sexual desire.

It appears that these songs’ representation of strong femininity may as well be a grab at normal masculinity.

If the view represented in these songs is held by many young women, God help us. This world needs men to be real men and for women to be real women. There is no need to lopside the traits and put asunder the very important real God-inspired feminine traits.

1 Peter 3:3-4
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.