I work with teenagers at one of my jobs, and the radio is played in their dorm. Modern pop radio of course. One day a song came on I had not yet heard (stunning for the repetition they are immensely guilty of) that began with a smooth guitar line, joined by a sharp rhythm by the drummer, and capped off by soulful and witty lyrics.
The song was rockin’, and I found myself surprised to be totally enjoying something on teenager pop radio.
As it turns out, the song is by one of the most criticized and lampooned band out these days. Had the song been prefaced by the radio announcer as a song by that particular band I would have found ways to pick on it and discount it before hearing a note. We seem to operate off of preconceived notions so that we can continue in our strict little ways uninterrupted.
Thankfully we’re so past this in Christianity. That was so 600 AD/CE.
I suggest we hear the songs instead of deciding before the first note plays if we’ll even allow it one chance. Brian McLaren said in a interview that Christians are fascinating readers in that many approach a book and immediately begin to judge if they agree or not, rather than consider what is being said. He says this phenomeon seems exclusive to Christians – they are the only ones who read to see if it stands the test of rightness. A very peculiar way to approach something.
We seem wired to judge. How many people discounted that entire last paragraph because Brian McLaren said it? Case in point.
Or, maybe if you are of the more progressive type Brian McLaren isn’t an issue for you – but John Piper is. Maybe Rick Warren. And it’s safe to say Joel Osteen is for everybody.
God has never been good stationary. He is always on the move. He loves to go to places people have never allowed him to be in their minds. Its almost as if he prefers those places.