Drinking Deeply

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 5:05 PM

Rethinking appreciation

So my last post about on how 'Awesome' is that? brought in a lot of thoughts regarding if we should appreciate non-Christian art and the like. A few thoughts on the matter:

1) It seems like throughout the Bible God has used the actions of those that hated his people for His glory, even to bless those that God loved. Jacob and Esau's reconciliation comes to mind, as does Esther and King Ahazuarous. From these examples and the fact that God eventually uses all things for His glory and our good (Romans 8:28, Romans 9) I've concluded that it should be ok to enjoy God's blessings, even though they may come from a sinful nature that wasn't pleasing to God. I see no reason (as long as it's taken in the right thought) that we cannot properly appreciate non-Christian music/art/dance the like.

2) That said, there are things that we should explicitly reject and not appreciate, namely those that promote idolatous thoughts like false temples, false idols, music and dances meant to worship a false God (or deny a true God). Those songs that are meant to worship evolution, liberalism, post-modernism, pluralism, and a whole slew of isms... I am unsure if we can just "appreciate the beat" without letting the lyrics sink into us. I personally would stay away from them, though I feel it is something that different consciences may be able to say different things.
3) Finally, it isn't the buildings, or the physical idols that Christians must oppose, it is the thoughts and patterns of this world. We tear down idols because they promote idolotous thoughts. We tear down false temples because of the same. If we just try to enact laws to enforce Christian values upon the world, we accomplish nothing, for Paul is clear that law only leads to sin. Rather, we must preach the gospel boldly and in doing so, tear down the idols in the minds of the world.

2 Cor. 10:3-5

3For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.



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