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Sunday, January 6th, '19

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"And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day..." (Amos 8:3)


We're kicking around Nashville today, call me Nashville Katz. A drive down Music Row brings back memories of stars and rhinestone glitter. A lot of hopes have born and died in this recording Mecca. Someone called country music "white man's blues". Pretty accurate. The lyrics need not rhyme. "If I'd killed 'er when I first met 'er, I'd be out of jail by now". That was awful, wasn't it? Throw in a line about the mud flaps on your pickup truck, sumbuddy dun sumbuddy wrong, or being country when country wasn't cool, and you've got a hit in the making. Yes, country is cool now. The guitars are distorted, the studio musicians are genius. Putting on boots is now sophisticated. White man's blues is turning into big-time green.


There is no "right" music genre. Worship is worship whether offered in an Anglican cathedral or a Christian youth hangout. A pipe organ is no more spiritual than a pitch pipe. It is the heart that counts. Does the music edify? Who does it glorify? Our text says that the music of the temple in the Last Days would degenerate into "howlings", howls instead of hallelujahs. I still have a little trouble with church bass players wearing purple Mohawks and male keyboardists primping like Elton John, but there I go again. Worship is other-worldly and must flow from the anointing, not by copying the latest Nashville licks. I'm not dogmatic about looks or licks but it would be nice if Christian music could remain, at least to a degree, "Christian". It is one thing for Nashville to influence worship music, quite another when vaudeville enters in.


Music can be loud but not lewd. Modern is fine if it is modest. And I'm not "amen-ing" the preacher that says the only kind of music a person can listen to is Gospel. There is evangelism and there is entertainment. We know the difference. Listening to white man's blues is like watching television. You need to know when to shut off what is smutty. I don't know why CMT thinks it has to compete with MTV for lewdness and crudeness. It shouldn't be too hard for Faith Hill or Shenia to do music videos without writhing on the floor. But it seems everyone wants to push the limits. The music shall be "howlings in that day".


Personally, I like Nashville. And I like living in Branson. Both are musical epicenters and I happen to like music. People need to add music to their worlds. What you listen to determines how you feel. That is why, from purely an entertainment standpoint, people should build an atmosphere of positive music. I have a host of ready MP3s on my laptop and CDs in my car that I can turn to for a quick pick-me-up. Sometimes silence makes the best environment. But often quiet music is the soul's needed food. The key is in whether or not it edifies, that is, builds you up - "teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Colossians 3:16). Obviously, there is not a lot coming out of the Opry speakers that edifies. So be selective. Discern the difference between "howlings" and hallelujahs and embrace the latter. Be softened by a love song - "Have I told you lately that I love you?" Be lifted by a praise song - "I exalt Thee..." Let anthems make you stand tall - "O say does that star-spangle banner yet wave?" Or just hum something in the shower, but by all means sing! And for those who do love white man's blues, at least try to clap in rhythm. Thanks.

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