Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Filth in Communicative Sound

And old adage goes as follows, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all.” I find many have forgotten this saying as profanity is commonplace here in this establishment of higher learner I attend.

As a person who enjoys languages and adores her first language especially, being an environment that seems to constantly have people using expletives is highly annoying. Seeing as I am a Christian I follow the commandment that I have to be “salt and light” in this world with my speech. Also I’m called to glorify the Lord with my speech. I’m not perfect, and I say stupid things, but with something as obviously inappropriate as using profane language its proficiency is disgusting.

When did this habit start? In bygone days people typically didn’t use strong expletives unless they were with close friends or family, so how come it’s become so public that individuals will wear paraphernalia that reads “F--- Off”.

Another characteristic of fallen man I suppose.

I want to lift them up. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm Not In Him, Thankfully

As you may have noticed from one of my other posts music is very important to me; Christian music even more so. Those who have come to the knowledge of Christ and accept Him have the privilege of praising and worshiping Him. I believe they should do so skillfully as described in one of the Psalms. In doing this I believe that the actual writing of the songs should also be done masterfully and with deliberate thought.

I often find in modern Christian music (or some refer to as Contemporary Christian Music; CCM) an attempt to add a sensual aspect to the music. Lyrics commonly refer to God as a physical person versus the spiritual being. Also, lyrics describe interactions with him that liken to a secular lover which I also feel is inappropriate.

This observation was further solidified today when I attended church and one of the songs that was sung during praise and worship had the line:

I found myself in you, Lord

As I began to ponder on that line the more it did not make sense. God in His holiness and glory is so different from any one human being that if someone found himself in Him than that is a cause for concern. This may mean that the person has molded God into who he wants Him to be, or worse, into an image of himself. I may be too literal, but I do not understand the “artistic” or “creative” aspect in this line so I have no choice but to be literal. Something more accurate would be to say:

I desire to find you in myself, Lord

Ignoring whether that would fit with the music, think about that line for a moment; in order for a person to find God in himself He must first be there, no? If He’s not, then there may be a problem and that’s where the word “desire” comes in. If a person really wants to find Him, he will put him there.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Pledge of Allegiance

I received this in an email. I by no means claim authorship of it, but I thought it was interesting, so I decided to share it. Feel free to show it to others.

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Now I sit me down in school

Where praying is against the rule

For this great nation under God

Finds mention of Him very odd.



If scripture now the class recites,

It violates the Bill of Rights.

And anytime my head I bow

Becomes a Federal matter now.



Our hair can be purple, orange or green,

That's no offense; it's a freedom scene..

The law is specific, the law is precise.

Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.



For praying in a public hall

Might offend someone with no faith at all..

In silence alone we must meditate,

God's name is prohibited by the state.



We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,

And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks...

They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.

To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,

And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.

It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,

We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong..



We can get our condoms and birth controls,

Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles ..

But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,

No word of God must reach this crowd.



It's scary here I must confess,

When chaos reigns the school's a mess.

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:

Should I be shot; My soul please take!

Amen