I was raised on a steady diet of Maranatha, Psalty, Galway and Steve Fry.
In high school I participated in All-State chorus and was voted most musical in my graduating class. As a mother, I now find there is always someone willing to dance with me in the kitchen to Pandora or laugh when I begin belting out an oldie. There isn't a morning when music isn't playing in our home because I find it a wonderful welcome to the day.
Sean and I have been noticing, as our kids branch out into music appreciation, that they are learning doctrine from the Christian music they listen to. This comes as no surprise. We use music to learn everything from states and capitals to the catechism. Music, or more so catchy tunes and lyrics, make things stick in our brains.
Now, just so you know I'm okay with being unpopular, I was one of those parents calling alert to Veggie Tales boiling the gospel down to moralism before the founder noticed what he'd done. I took some heat over that and I'm willing to take some more, in order to say, a lot of the doctrine in the Christian songs we sing and listen to is false.
I caught myself singing a worshipful sounding song in the kitchen one morning and realized I was singing about man having to chase after God and what a wonderful thing that is.
A small example, but a good one.
We don't need to chase after God.
He isn't elusive.
He isn't running away from us.
God runs to us and chases after us, while we're still living in sin and are dirty and the antithesis of what He is.
Sean quipped that all song writers need to be theologians first. I'd agree.
Now we find ourselves calling out songs on the radio when we're driving with the kids and saying, "Hey, guys, what do you think of that line they just sung?"
We don't ban the radio.
We use it to learn.
What do you think?