Well, since my last post, quite a lot has happened. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall reaction to that post, titled “An Open Letter to the Fairer Sex”, and I would like to clarify just a couple things quickly. In writing that post, I by no means want to clear men of responsibility in the department of lust. That was not my purpose by any means. What I wanted to do was reach out to women to give them a perspective they may have never gotten. I think it is important that women and men both realize that in seeking God truly themselves, they will naturally be a support and help to all those around them, including the opposite sex. If a person does claim to be seeking God, and isn’t willing to take a long hard look at the way their lifestyle affects others…then I think there is a major disconnect there.
Now I wanted to share a few things before I get into what has been on my heart lately. First of all, my sister, Jill had a BEAUTIFUL baby girl on March 29th. Her name is Kahlan Grace Flint, and I love her so much and I haven’t even met her yet! Laura (my beautiful wife), and my sister (Hillary) and brother (Sammy) are driving out to Seattle to visit for 8 days and I am beyond pumped.
Second, I was officially accepted into seminary at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on Friday, so although I was confident I would get in, it is still great to just really know. This journey is underway! Should be crazy…and blessed.
Ok, I’ll keep the rest of this short, if only so that my friend Scott will actually read it. Haha just kidding I love you Scott.
I want to challenge us all with the music that we listen to. People tend to get a bit prickly when certain subjects are broached, for example, drinking, Harry Potter, movies…and music is one of those topics (myself included).
Music is a wonderful way to praise God, and there are numerous examples of it in the Bible. So there it is, Music is good. However, as with so many other things (all things in fact here on earth), it can be distorted, corrupted, and just plain ruined by the world. It is so easy to forget as we listen to the American Top 40 hits on our local hit radio station that song after song have messages that are in direct contradiction to Jesus Christ’s message. It’s pretty easy to brush music off as just white noise, it’s the beats we like, the harmonies, the melodies. We love the piano or the guitar, or the singers voice. We don’t really listen to the lyrics.
We convince ourselves of these things, and before we know it, we’ve drifted. It is ridiculously easy to convince ourselves that stuff “isn’t quite so bad,” or yeah it’s a bad song, but “since I’m aware of the truth, I’m strong enough to listen to the lies and still be ok.” Well I would like to challenge whoever reads this to really pay attention to the music they listen to, and honestly ask the question…does this music take my focus away from Christ? Does it honor Him? Am I unwilling to purge music out of my life that does not honor God?