Part 2: Christian Radio - Uplifting, Yes, but Good?
“So is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
If I were to ask you how your worship life is outside of Sunday morning how would you answer?
DON’T LOOK BELOW UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR ANSWER!
Ok, ready? I am going to read your mind…..ok, not really, but I have a very good guess at your answer. I would say that you would probably relay to me the quantity of time that you listen to K-Love or any Christian radio. Or how you blare TobyMac or MercyMe when you’re driving your kids to school. Am I correct in saying that? Could I go on America’s Got Talent as a mind reader? Definitely not. I just hear it almost every time I pose that question. And, honestly, it’s not a bad thing! Christian radio is not a bad thing at all. It’s not my cup of tea, but it is ….uplifting. Sound familiar? Because it is in the slogan of almost every Christian radio station. And that is not bad! I think it’s awesome that you can listen to K-Love 12 hours a day, but the question I follow up with us “How often are you reading The Bible?”
Music, however great it is, must never replace or take the majority of our time getting to know our Lord. Christian music may have many Biblical truths but it is not the word of the Lord. It is poetic language given to men and women to sing a couple thousand years after the closing of the canon of Scripture. There is a latin phrase that is used frequently by theologians called Sola Scriptura. It states that God’s Holy Word is the ONLY infallible rule of faith and practice. Therefore, Christian/Worship music can be fallible, while the Bible is not. Yet, the modern Christian tends to blare worship music, while their Bible sits and collects dust.
To be honest, I struggle with this, too. So maybe this post is just as much for me as for the 3 of you reading it (hi, mom). So let’s take a practical step together. Pick up your Bible right now. The physical one if you still have it. Turn to Ephesians 2, and read it. Why? Because it screams a message we need to hear. And it was the first to come to mind. You see, you don’t have to follow an intense Bible study to pick up your Bible. Ask the Lord to show you what He wants you to see, and read a chapter. “The word of the Lord is alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12) and God WILL speak to your heart if you just do something, even if it’s small. It’s kind of like if I ever had the gumption to go to the gym, I wouldn’t stack 300 lbs on a bar and try to deadlift it. I’d walk over to the 5 lb dumbbells and try something. Just going there is most of the battle. So, I’d encourage you to go there! Open your Bible and read one chapter today and tomorrow. Ephesians 2 and 3. We can do it together. After you are done, thank the Lord and go YouTube the set list for this week because God’s Word has filled your heart and uplifting music can be the icing on top.
Song List for September 3
Your Love Changes Everything- Red Rocks Worship
All The Poor and Powerless- All Sons and Daughters
The Rock Won’t Move- Vertical Church
Death Arrested- North Point InsideOut