I ran across a new software application called Nada today. The newest version, Nada 0.5, is a document with a size of only one byte. The benefits of the application are “NaDa(TM) will make you feel good. It is as light and as deep as a simple thought.” The software’s purpose is just that. Who can use Nada? “Everybody! NaDa(TM) does nothing for everybody. And it’s free.”
Happy Birthday, Cora!
Yesterday (the day before her birthday) Cora threw a party in A-Town. About 15 people or so showed up for it. BBQ, hay ride, campfire, and canoes. The atmosphere totally rocked. The country does that to me those ocassional times I get to experience it. Lightning bugs are beautiful. Seeing hundreds or thousands of them hovering over a field at dusk amazes me.
A lot of my friends came and I was able to talk to them. It’s good getting to spend time together. This summer, it has been awesome being around and getting to see my closest friends at least once every week or two. Last night probably ranks among the highlights of my summer. I may not know how to give Jenny high-fives, and I learned once more of Linsey’s “wrath,” Matt didn’t eat the five burgers to earn his kiss, but that’s all part of the fun.
Technically, it’s July 5th, but being that it’s six a.m. and I haven’t slept yet, let’s pretend it’s still yesterday, okay?
So anyway, earlier today, which is still July 4th (see above), I had a sweet day. Last night, Matt and I headed to his parents house and crashed there. Today I got a good dosage of decent food (Joe = breakfast, Kim = lunch, Whiskey Grill = dinner). Fireworks were fun. Seriously, Joe is like a kid with those things. He’s Matt’s dad, and he seems like he’s having the most fun of anyone. You should hear him scream when the wick is short on the firecracker. Their dog didn’t like ’em at all.
Dinner at Whiskey Creek Grill was tight. 10oz burger, baby! Peanuts scattered across the floor created an interesting aura, the country music playing in the background, and the western-movie posters definitely tipped the scales.
Hearing Matt’s dad and grandpa tell stories topped off the evening. Tormenting children by freaking them out at unawares, driving through bad parts of town (a.k.a. ghettos), and other such things. Good stuff. After that, we came back home and I scuttled off to work.
AND I FORGOT TO PICK UP MY PAYCHECK!
It’s okay though. I can’t cash it yet anyway. The bank will be closed before I ever wake up tomorrow. Call me Mara, for I’m still broke.
Tomorrow is Cora’s day-before-birthday part, and I’m looking forward to that. Whee!!!
Sixpence: None the Richer certainly isn’t the only band that’s not so sure about being labeled “Christian”. Recently, popular band Evanescence experienced a lot of bad publicity in Christian circles for comments they made which led their label to pull them from the Christian market.
A lot of bands seem to decry the label “Christian” not because they feel it does them injustice or harm, but because their faith may not be what the masses or the media make it out to be. Perhaps they’re ashamed of their faith. Perhaps they don’t have any. There are a lot of questions that come up in my mind related to potential “Christian” bands.
1) Do they try to hide or downplay their faith?
The Apostle Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” – Romans 1:16.
2) Do their lifestyles reflect Biblical teaching?
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Everybody sins, but a lifestyle devoted to Christ should show evidence of growth and spiritual fruits.
3) Do their teachings detract from the gospel and the message of Christ?
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.” – Galatians 5:19-21. This isn’t an all-inclusive list, but it contains several things that are works of the flesh and not the works of the Spirit. (See Galatians 5)
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In analyzing these things, it’s best to remember that God is the final judge of the soul. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-ï¿½edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” – Romans 4:12-13. (See also Hebrews 9:27)
Some bands may be Christian and don’t announce it to the world or make a huge deal out of it, but instead use their position to spread messages of Christianity, hope, and a Biblically-based worldview. Notable bands I’d consider in this category include Switchfoot, Pillar, and Blindside, among others. Honest lyrics, sincere messages, and they also have huge amounts of talent in their genres.
Some bands just play to make music. If they’re Christian and just don’t want to use the music itself to spread the gospel, I’ve got nothing against it, so long as they’re not detracting from the gospel while they’re at it.
In the end, the tag of “Christian”, be it applied to band or person, means a lot less than the content of the heart.