Tag: stairway to heaven

Stairway to Heaven the Irony

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.”



Stairway to Heaven

There are few songs that have been so popular for so long and that have been dissected, analyzed, discussed and written about as ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin.  If you’re not familiar with the song, well, I won’t go there.

The song has been accused of being Satanic, containing backward masking messages, cultish, occultish, magical, mystical and romantic.  Musically, it has been banned from guitar stores everywhere because it is required learning for any wanna-be guitar rock star.

Fans search for meaning.  Where did the inspiration come from?  Was it channeled from mystical spirits?  What is the truth?  Where is it leading?  Who is the woman and where is heaven?

Critics spout bunk.  There is no meaning.  There is no channeling.  It is a song written while intoxicated or drugged.  It is a black hole of searching in a world of no meaning or purpose.  There is no heaven and there is no point in searching. There is no Truth or heaven or Satan or spirits.  Just shut up and enjoy the song for what it is – a classic 8 minute ballad of the 20th century.

There are some who never search meaning in life.  They are content with what they see and feel.  There are others that will always search for meaning.  There are some who will quickly judge anything outside the realm of their religious world as “evil” and “Satanic”.  There are others who can fall down drunk and say they had an encounter with God.

Where do you stand?  Are you searching?  Are you looking for the mystical ‘stairway to heaven’?  Do you close your eyes when you see something spiritual and it doesn’t line up with your beliefs?  Are you looking for rings of smoke through the trees?  Have you found the May Queen?  Are you trying to buy your own stairway?

Continue to search….and pray…..spend some time today on your knees.

Ecclesiastes 7:24-25 (NIV)

24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound—
    who can discover it?
25 So I turned my mind to understand,
    to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things
and to understand the stupidity of wickedness
    and the madness of folly.