Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What's on your iPod???

I've been fighting with this for quite some time now personally...and the book I've been reading has kind of made me think a bit harder about my "convictions" on the subject of music. You see, for a while, I would only listen to Christian music, regardless whether I was alone, with people or whatever. But, I realize that God doesn't say I have to listen to K-LOVE all the time, right?

Now, I realize that I should avoid the music with lyrics that are questionable, but why can't I enjoy a good song by Coldplay, John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw or someone else? Have you ever faced this battle? I actually caught myself judging someone a while back, because in their "Christian" blog they spoke about a secular song! How dare someone do that, right?

Anyhow, the book that has been occupying my time right now is The Fine Line by Kary Oberbrunner. It talks about us as Christians being called to be in the world but not of the world. Do we too often seclude ourselves so much from the world that we cannot relate to those around us?

I was looking around tangle yesterday when I came across this parody of the Mac/PC commercials talking about the very subject and thought I would share with you.

What are your thoughts on the issue? Do you feel like we are separating ourselves too much as Christians to be able to reach and identify with others? Leave me your thoughts...

And, please let me know if there is a special prayer request I can word on your behalf today!!!


Anonymous said...

OK, I don't have an iPOD. I like to listen to music depending on my mood. If I'm sad country or love songs, if happy Christian music. Music can "CHANGE YOUR MOOD SWINGS"
I know this for a fact. I don't listen to rap or rock. The words are not for me. I worry about people listening to certain songs and it changing them.

Marcus Goodyear said...

Absolutely, I think we have created a parallel Christian culture that often serves to isolate us. Andy Crouch talks about this some in his book Culture Making. I highly recommend it.

As for what's on my iPod: Lyle Lovett, Jeff Johnson, Harold Budd, Tom Waits, and many podcasts like TED Talks, RadioLab, Harvard Business IdeaCast, Poetry Off the Shelf...

Dean Lusk said...

Late to the party on this one!

The commercial is pretty pretentious, in my opinion, but I thought it was funny, and I agree with what it's communicating.

This is going to go different ways for different people, and it should. There are some people for whom music has been the tool that's kept them down, and that's the very tool they've been delivered from. Those people should be deliberate and careful about what they listen to.

On the other hand, it's just not going to be a problem for many people. It certainly shouldn't be a point of guilt unless, like Anonymous said, it's changing you and you know you ought not be listening to it. Your mileage will definitely vary.

My iPod has a pretty wide variety of artists: All American Rejects, Hillsong, Lincoln Brewster, SpongeBob Squarepants, Coldplay, Stevie Ray, Don Moen, etc.