You know I hear all too often the many comments
about Christian people being boring people. I
don't consider myself as being boring.
I don't consider my Christian
friends as boring people either.
My friends and I enjoy doing
different things than a lot of other people, or maybe I should say that
a lot of other people enjoy doing different things than my friends and
I enjoy going to concerts.
I like standing
up, and shouting, and singing songs of praise to my Lord and Savior.
I enjoy watching
all of the other people who are attending the concerts having fun, shouting,
singing and dancing in praise.
I get so much
enjoyment out of being in the presence of all of these boring Christians.
having fun, and at a concert!
Yes way, and
we have a great time!
We sing praise
and worship songs.
"I love you Jesus" as we hold our hands up to God in praise.
get moved by the Holy Spirit to do a little dancing.
Now granted, these are not your typically thought of "concerts".
Christian concerts with Christian artists playing Christian music.
no drugs, there is no alcohol, and there is no violence.
is, is a whole lot of brother and sisters in Jesus Christ who are there
with one common purpose, to give all praise and glory to our Creator.
They are there,
and they are united in their love for Jesus Christ.
They all had
fun, and I don't think that you would have found one person in the crowd
of over a thousand that felt bored.
Now, I am no spring chicken and I will be the first to admit that I don't
really care for the musical styles of some of today's music.
I know for
a fact that my parents didn't like the style of music that I listened
to as a kid.
the big band sounds, and they liked the swing type music.
I liked to listen to the good old rock and roll of the 60's, not so much
for the messages, but for the beat.
I still like
that musical beat.
The last Christian
concert I went to was directed more to the teenage population.
a style of music played called "Ska".
some "heavy metal" and some "punk" styles of music,
and honestly I didn't enjoy the all of the music.
I did enjoy
the messages in each of the songs.
I did enjoy
the fact that there were more than a thousand young people there, listening
to the music ministry that each performing group had for the crowd.
knowing that God's message was being presented to young people that might
have otherwise never heard His message if it hadn't been for the music.
God's message is not boring.
does not have to be confined to the music ministry of the old classic
hymns like "How Great Thou Art" or "The Old Rugged Cross."
great gospel hymns, and I enjoy singing them.
also enjoyed singing them.
are changing constantly and the musical tastes and styles are changing
with the times.
will always be the same, but only to a different beat of the drum.
I think it
is a wonderful thing when Christian youth can listen to music with today's
beats and energy and receive ministry through the music.
I think it
is a great thing when a young Christian can invite a young non-Christian
to go to a concert where the music is Ska, punk, or alternative if that
is what they like, and then the Christian message is given to them in
the form of music.
All of a sudden
this non-Christian youth is presented with the fact that "Hey I didn't
know that being a Christian could be like this."
see being a Christian is not being boring. Being a Christian is being
"like Christ." It is about living life with Godly morals, it
is about loving your neighbor, and it is about telling everyone that Jesus
Christ died on the cross for them, so that through Him they could be saved
and live life eternally. If our young people listen to music ministry
of God's love for them in the form of Ska, punk or country western what
difference does it make? What matters is the message that they are receiving.
Advertisers know the value and impact of packaging the product they are
selling. Young people may not be rejecting the "product" of
the Gospel, but the "package" it comes in. Paul said in 1 Corinthians
9:22, "I am made all things to all men, that I might by
all means save some." The Gospel of Jesus Christ is too awesome
to be trapped in what today's youth may consider a lackluster package.
I enjoy a wide variety of musical styles.
my choice of Hip Hop, R&B, or Modern Pop, I listen to Mary-Mary, Out
of Eden, or Kirk Franklin and God's Property.
When I feel
like listening to some rock and roll music, I can listen to Spoken For,
Modern Day John, Petra or the Newsboys.
When I want
to soften things up I pull out some Ray Boltz, or Jackie Velasquez.
All of these
artists vary in their musical styles, yet each one of them present the
same message of God's love for us.
God uses each
one of them individually for His purpose.
For Him Ministries is very involved in the Christian music ministry.
past 3 months I have been working with approximately 20 Christian youth
representing about 15 different churches in Laredo, TX to present a day
long praise and worship event on April 28 called Godstock.
be 9 Christian artists at Godstock, each presenting God's message to an
expected crowd of 5,000 young people.
Many of these
young people might have never heard Godís message if it hadn't been for
this music event.
Many of these
young people will come to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
the next time you hear a young person say that being a Christian is boring,
think about what they are saying. Maybe the Christian people that they
see are not showing the joy of having Jesus Christ in their lives. Show
that person that being a Christian doesn't have to be boring. Truthfully,
since I accepted Jesus Christ into my life, I have enjoyed my life more
than ever. Now that I think about it, I have even enjoyed my Christian
life when times seem to be difficult beyond reasoning. How can that be?
quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Copyright
Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois
All rights reserved.
Copyright 2002 Steven R.