Perhaps the title to this post should be: Culture: Its Effect on the Church. If one was to question which was more influential–the culture on Christians, or Christianity on the culture, arguably, we’d have to admit that the church has bent over backwards to accommodate today’s values. Who’s salting who?
We’re dressing down, inviting Christian rock into our services, raising our tolerance toward sin, and calling it progressive. Is it?
You don’t have to sacrifice anything to “become a Christian” these days. Really, what do Christian Americans give up in order to take up the cross and follow Him?
Take music for instance. One argument for Christian rock is that it attracts the youth to Christ. They merely exchange one set of lyrics for another and everyone’s happy. But is happiness the ultimate goal, the filler for the hole in everyone’s heart? Was Jesus’ gruesome death on the cross done for the purpose of our happiness, or for our righteousness? Happiness in Christ does follow, but if that’s your motivation for becoming a Christian, it’s the wrong motivation.
Music is powerful. How do lyrics with a carnal beat nourish a young believer’s renewed spirit? I know from experience that music’s pull creates a tug of war within, one that stirs up and appeals to my old sin nature. I love music. I hear one song, and it creates a longing in me to hear an old high school favorite. And that favorite certainly isn’t edifying my growth as a Christian!
Music appeals to our flesh more than our spirit. Is this wrong? Well, I think it is if our fleshly response steals the meaning from our spiritual response.
Along this same line, have you noticed how important music has become in church services? To the point that “church shoppers” put more emphasis on the impressiveness of the music service than the actual teaching from scriptures? Again, that appeal to our flesh is strong.
Does the beat make you want to tap your toes (innocent reaction) or is your response more sensual? Contrast the focus you are giving to the music itself, to the joyful reaction you are having to the Savior who inspired the words.
Is it all about us, or all about Him?