Let’s talk about change. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s – that’s 1960’s and 1970’s for those of you born after 2000! We had a battle in the church during that time over Rock music. We actually had sermons and books written about it. If you haven’t heard, it’s from the devil himself. Some of the classic reasons were 1) evil lyrics 2) the beat – many called it syncopation 3) lifestyles of the musicians 4) It was bad and loud and it was leading kids to dance, sex and drugs. I clearly remember attending meetings at Youth For Christ which defamed any kind of Rock music and following the meetings we were supposed to go home and burn our vinyl albums.
One of the most popular songs of that era was ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin. If you don’t know all the evilness of this song, please google it. There is enough written about it to keep you busy for the weekend. I never bought into all the negative hype on Rock music. Of course there is bad stuff in it but there is bad stuff in everything.
Advance to 2011. Seeker churches are the ‘in thing’: Everyone dresses down in casual clothes, talented musicians play contemporary music, open auditoriums and chairs instead of pews, simple messages of hope and grace. Hey, if it is bringing people into the Kingdom I’m all for it. Don’t tell anyone but one of these churches played the above mentioned songs in church! What would Bob Larson say?!!
There is an irony of course. I’m not sure what those speakers in the 60’s and 70’s would think about playing this music in church. If it is truly Satanic is it still Satanic if Christians are singing it in church? What about that syncopated beat? Drums? I doubt that these performers are old enough to remember those lectures. They probably never burned their vinyl records or played them backwards to hear the hidden messages.
Sins come and go. God stays the same. We all need to get closer to Him. Don’t worry about the irony – just keep walking closer each day. Don’t build idols. Don’t follow anything that leads you astray. God is bigger than Rock music. I’m not sure about Country music but I know He can win the battle over the stairway to heaven.
John 9:16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”