Rant

I got an email from a friend the other day suggesting I downloaded a Delirious single and help reclaim the airwaves – see, http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/245978/3c5ce9bff6/1290004781/9c9d088ddb/

What a load of rubbish. Maybe before I go further I should emphasise that I do not in any way advocate Christian withdrawal from culture and society. Jesus told us to be in the world but not of it. We cannot accept a dualistic worldview which accepts a sacred realm (church) and a secular realm (society and its culture). Our witness is vital to society, but this is not meant to be a copycat but viable alternative to the ‘ways of the world’. Which is where I come back again to this well meaning effort at influencing society.

I have no problem with Delirious – in fact I own a couple of their albums. I have a major problem with the interesting idea that we should reclaim the airwaves for Christian music and that the way to do that is by purchasing their single.

Have Christians in the UK really not realised that ‘their’ music and style and attitudes and most of what they do and say and are, is not, and never should be, the same as mainstream society. Don’t they understand that they are meant to be counter cultural. When will they understand that the Gospel brings Light and Dark into stark relief. Why imitate the facile puerile antics of a lost generation when they could through who they are be an agent of change.

Stop thinking that by buying something you will make things different. Stop imagining that imitating society will bring people to Christ. Start being something different and you might have a chance of making a difference. Start making a real sacrifice for the cause of the Gospel.

Don’t people realise that all over the world Christians pay a price with their life for the Gospel? Read about the woman who had her fingernails pulled out as she was told to recant her faith. (http://www.persecutionblog.com/2010/03/woman-has-fingernails-pulled-out-and-told-to-recant-her-faith.html). Then tell me that buying a music track is paying a price for the Gospel.

Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:23-27, The Message