"We're not going to be those people." This is a phrase I've heard several times over the past month, and I'm appreciating it more every day. Of course, it means different things to different people, and the other day I discovered that to at least one person, I'm one of 'those people'.
I received a comment on my music blog....something that doesn't happen very often, so I guess I should at least be happy to know someone checked it out! However, this guy wasn't commenting to let me know that he appreciated my music or my ministry. He commented: "A few years ago we listened to some of your songs and we were blessed by them. We found them on your church's website. I haven't looked at your site for a couple of years so I was somewhat surprised to find that the music you have been using for many of your songs contain a soft rock beat. Your church stands against CCM and so I thought your music was safe. My email is ********* if you would like to discuss this further."
When I read it, I almost laughed to think that my music is somehow not 'safe'! But at the same time it made me sad to think that there are probably many people who would agree with him. 'Those people' who can't see the forest for the trees...or in this case, "can't hear the melody or message for the music." Sadly, music is just one area that they are so quick to condemn. There is only one way to do things, and that is THEIR way....even though their way so often hurts people, and damages the cause of Christ.
Matthew 23:24 comes to mind....Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
But rather than dwell on one negative comment, I will keep going forward and just say, "I'm not going to be those people."
Just to clarify...I am not a big fan of rock music, but to put my music in the category of even soft rock is a bit of a stretch, and most people would laugh at the thought! As I state on my blog, under "My Music" - It is my hope and prayer that my songs are a blessing and an encouragement to others, that they bring glory to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and that they might be used to draw others to the Lord.
These are just a few of the verses that speak to me concerning music, and in particular, writing songs:
Ephesians 5:19,20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Psalm 150 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.