Hello and I hope that this post finds you well during these unprecedented times.
We've all been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic streaking through our world and our nation. As well, we've all been witnesses to some disturbing events that have happened recently. This post is not to minimize any of these, but is to talk about a subject that all of us can relate to: Music and how it impacts us.
One thing that all of us can agree with is that we've experienced music in our everyday lives.
If you've watched T.V., listened to the radio, streamed a podcast or even walked down the street, you've no doubt heard some type of music.
We're often bombarded by different types of information that are enhanced by a soundtrack or score behind it.
I recently watched a documentary about a certain nefarious character in American culture and stopped to listen for a minute to what was being played behind it.
Every time the subject of this documentary was talked about as to his predatory nature, the soundtrack behind the monologue took a downturn. It was almost comical. Not because of the information being presented, but because it could have easily had a much different musical presentation.
If you think about it for a moment, music is used, (and sometimes misused), to make a point about something or to heighten an emotional response.
For example, I'm a sports fan and worked as a volunteer during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic games. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I'm grateful for it. Every time I hear the Olympic fanfare and theme as written by John Williams, I get rather emotional. It truly means something to me.
Music is one of those universal languages that despite our differences as people, we can find common ground in. And, there are so many styles, there's something for everyone!
Now you may be asking yourself, why am I talking about this? That's a good question and one worth answering.
There is something very personal to everyone about the music they like. This is not an exhaustive list, but whether you enjoy: Reggae, Rap, Hip Hop, Rock and Roll, Jazz, Classical, Country, Western or Pop, you probably love listening to it. You may, like me, listen to the same artist or genre again and again. That's cool!
If someone were to critique your musical preferences, you would probably get defensive.
Well, isn't it safe to say that each of our experiences, personalities, and dreams are unique? Isn't it also fair to say that we can still seek common ground with other people?
When I was in Sunday school as a young boy, we used to sing the song: 'He's got the whole world in His hands.' A YouTube video done back in March of this year really brings the message to life.
In light of all that's been happening in our world this year, I felt strongly that we need to come together as peacemakers. That's why I'm writing this post.
In the book of 1st John, Chapter 3 verses 1 to 3, NKJV, John wrote, (inspired by the Holy Spirit):
1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us,because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Through music, perhaps we can find some common ground that we weren't able to find before. Then, maybe we can love each other the way that Christ wants us to; with pure hearts.
Let me leave you with Jesus' words from Matthew 15:6, NIV: "In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."