Rock-n-Roll and other Spiritual Things

I loved to sing to my kids when they were little. Some of the songs were Christian while others were old time rock-n-roll. Rock-n-roll has a history of provocation, rebellion, protest, the sexual revolution, and so much more. It could also be said, and I do, that wisdom can be found in that melodious mix.

Although I wouldn’t call the Rolling Stones music wholesome, “You can’t always get what you want” is true, so when my kiddos had a case of the “… but I want …,” I sang the Stones with gusto. In my mental time machine I’m looking in the rear view mirror to see three kids rolling their eye balls as I croon another favorite, (of mine, not so much theirs,) “Dre-e-e-am, dream, dream, dream, dre-e-eam ….”

Music is a quality of God’s character that reaches deep into our core. He created us with a need for nourishment – body, mind and soul.

Variety makes every meal better. I like rock-n-roll, classical, folk, (I loved the mockumentory, A Mighty Wind), jazz, blues, and even some country. I also like church music. Liturgy and hymns can move me to tears.

Relevance. Truth. Rhythm. What is it that grips your soul, lifts you to your feet and makes dance irresistible? Pink? The Beatles? Switchfoot? Johnny Cash?

Recently I’ve been chewing on some teachings posted on facebook by my friend Beth. Last night those words came to mind while Steve and I watched a documentary on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. A clip of a Biblical truth sung by someone who may or may not be Christian filled our home while Steve and I sang along.  I Won’t Back Down. That was my theme song in 2014. There were hymns, choruses and songs by Christian bands that moved me, but the one that made me shout was sung by Tom Petty.

I’m a fighter. Like a pit bull, I hang on. 2014 was rough. Steve and I got hit from every side. “Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out. Hey, I will stand my ground and I won’t back down.” Those lyrics resonate with my inner fighter.

It’s Biblical to stand strong. I stand in faith, (I Corin. 13:16.) I stand in grace, (Rom. 5:2.) I stand in the Lord, (Phil. 4:1.) Standing arm in arm with a fabulously faithful group of loved ones, (Phil. 1:27), You can stand me up at the gates of hell, But I won’t back down.

It’s 2015 and I’m singing another Tom Petty song. Pastor Brian, here’s shift#1, Runnin’ Down a Dream. I’m workin’ on a mystery; my calling for life in Texas.

Colossians 2:2-3, “that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.