Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Flyfeaf & RockBand

I love music, all kinds and forms of music have some value even if I can't see it personally. I was raised on Hymns and John Denver, exposed to Country Music, Classical Music, Rock Music and learned to appreciate them all.

In College I took a Music Appreication Class from one of the best music professors ever (Hiya Aunt Carol) and we delt with Classical music in the short class and I learned a lot. I say all that to say this; I love music. :)

We bought Rockband to have a party game for the 360 that was not violent to play, in the process we noted there are no "Chistian Rock" bands in the video game. While doing some research on "why not?" I discovered that one of the bands although not a "Christian Rock Band" were all indeed Christians and their music permeated with Christian overtones (and pleanty of Grunge Rock) were on the game.

We played the game right over this song.... the chourus is my personal favorite and although you won't find a lot of Flyleaf on my MP3 player, it is great to see Christians impacting their world for the glory of Christ. Unashamed of their belief they sing on into a culture that many would rather write off.

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"I'm So Sick"

I will break into your thoughts
With what's written on my heart
I will break, break

I'm so sick,
Infected with where I live
Let me live without this
Empty bliss,
Selfishness
I'm so sick
I'm so sick

If you want more of this
We can push out, sell out, die out
So you'll shut up
And stay sleeping
With my screaming in your itching ears

I'm so sick,
Infected with where I live
Let me live without this
Empty bliss,
Selfishness
I'm so sick
I'm so sick

Hear it, I'm screaming it
You're heeding to it now

Hear it! I'm screaming it!
You tremble at this sound

You sink into my clothes
And this invasion
Makes me feel
Worthless, hopeless, sick

I'm so sick,
Infected with where I live
Let me live without this
Empty bliss,
Selfishness
I'm so sick
I'm so sick

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Struggle

I had a chance to go to a Skillet concert recently and watch another generation stand up and Praise the Lord. Again I sat watching the teens and adults around me with their arms raised high jumping, dancing, shouting and singing slightly more modern songs than you would hear in our church, I wondered about the ever changing face of the church and how we as Christians are so quick to judge and what damage that does to the church?

Some of these kids I would have approached, handed a Bible to and witnessed to on the street. In my past, sheltered under the arms of my church, I was "protected" from kids like these and now I am reaching out to them and with them in my own youth group. My thoughts drift back 6 years, we had some "renegade kids" in our youth group listening to POD, pushed to the outside by their peers and the church where did they end up? Did I do my part in showing God's love to them or did I push them aside....

Here I sit with my view of the church again challenged and I want to find someone worse than me to cast light on... but really I can't. I find myself in the position of wanting to judge like a person based on their music, look or presentation something clearly against scripture. Clearly the "old man" is still presenting himself in my thoughts and in my life.

The struggle continues.