God & Faith
Thoughts on God, faith, and the church.
Johnny Cash would be 85 years old today if he were still around. His legacy obviously lives on through his songs. But unlike most great musicians who pass on and leave a legacy of little more than great musical artistry, Cash did more. His legacy was loving those that nobody else would dare love. His legacy was connecting with those nobody else dared to connect with.
The drama of high school opposite sex relationships is real. It may not seem like it now, but place yourself back in that time in your life (even if that means walking back 20 years in time like myself). You dated someone, and you broke up with them or they broke up with you and before you realized it, you were in the "I've moved on and found someone better than you" game.
Really though, most of all, you'd love to be honest. Having a walk with God, a relationship with Jesus, or a life full of faith is not easy. Worse, it's not even perfectly defined or laid out in a well-organized manner.
Why is that? Why is having a close relationship with the God who created us so...tricky?
Pick any typical evangelical church in America on any given Sunday. Walk down the halls where the youngest of children are fluttering about: some crying, some playing, and some deep in thought about that morning's Bible lesson. Peek into the individual classrooms. See the babies being rocked, toddlers stumbling around, and the preschool kids singing worship songs. Then amidst all the sweet busyness of the children's ministry, ask yourself one painfully obvious question: where are all the men?
Twenty years ago, DC Talk released an album that would turn the contemporary Christian music world on its head. Jesus Freak, a record as outstanding as its simple title would suggest, boasted numerous hits. Of all the songs 90’s youth group kids were spiritually compelled by, none connected so well as the song What If I Stumble?
The key may be avoiding selling out to either side of the proverbial religious fence. Lecrae does a phenomenal job of creating quality rhymes mixed with sounds and guest vocalists like you would hear on many secular albums. He isn't afraid of approaching topics many Christian rappers before didn't touch. Like Lecrae himself says "Music doesn't need to be categorized, it just needs to be good."
I admit, my first inclination was to frantically search the ABC webpage for a link I could click on to voice my complaint. Surely there was some well-thought-out left-winged conspiracy to attack Christianity through mainstream media. An exec on a crusade against God needing to blatantly portray his anti-conservative views.
Amanda Bynes set herself on fire a few weeks ago. She literally lit her pant leg aflame, and were it not for some concerned citizens, she may have endured serious injury. It was just the latest in bizarre behavior from Bynes, someone who is enjoying her celebrity by smoking some weed and getting arrested for driving with a suspended license.