The words of a song can inﬂuence you. Lyrics can shape you and mold the way you look at the world. They can also teach. The message gets buried deep down inside of us, and I think God purposefully designed music to be that way. And like everything in this word that teaches, music will either teach something that brings glory to God or it will teach something that doesn’t.
I did not grow up as a die-hard Southern Baptist. I didn’t really grow up in church at all, but my family had an idea that church-going was important, so we at least made sure to be loosely connected to one during my most formative years. It just so happened that the church I was loosely connected to was an SBC church. This means that I have no real loyalty to the SBC. While I am thoroughly convinced that we’re in the right place doctrinally, the SBC isn’t the only denomination that can claim that. So why then would I choose to invest my life and career in this tribe?
While every season has its beautiful parts, the Christmas season seems to be more special than every other time of the year. Radio stations don’t switch format to celebrate Columbus Day. Hallmark doesn’t roll out 25 new made-for-TV movies every year for the fourth of July. There are special decorations, loads of food, giving and receiving. We’re intentional about scheduling time with special people. There are many things to love about this season, and I am a card-carrying member of the herd that loves them.
But if we were honest, couldn’t we all list oﬀ just as many reasons why this season isn’t so amazing?