WHATCHU TALKIN BOUT WILLIS?

I grew up when Diff'rent Strokes was a popular television show. That's no big deal unless your last name is Willis. To this day I still hear those famous words popularized by Arnold: "Whatchu talkin bout Willis?" Usually they are uttered by someone looking at me as though I may have never heard it before. Yeah, right! Well this blog is what I (Willis) am talkin bout...my thoughts, observations & opinions. Enjoy...



Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Christian Radio

We have a "Christian" music radio station in our area (one of many actually). This particular staion focuses on the popular "praise & worship" music of our day. You probably have a similar station or perhaps even the same one. With simulcast capability it very cost effective to have one station airing in many markets at the same time. I find it interesting that this new breed of station is very upfront in being music only with no preaching, etc. I admit I find little value in the "preaching" stations so that's not a major problem. Here's my concern: Many church folks listen to Christian music stations constantly. Now, in itself, that's not inherently a problem. The greater issue is twofold. First, much of this modern music is lacking in scripturally instructive value, which is at least one purpose for music (Col. 3:16). Second, and more importantly, it can become a substitute for weightier things like Scripture reading/study & prayer. I was a huge fan of contemporary Christian music and it still has its place in my life today. I've just begun to notice that sometimes the biggest music fans aren't always the most biblicaly discerning. Yeah, here I go again... Consider how many church people know virtually every new contemporary song, but can't seem to explain the plan of salvation or answer a basic doctrinal question. There are exceptions of course, but let's all be sure to turn off the music occasionally and open the Book.

5 comments:

Keith Wood said...

Another excellent thought from the pen of WTBW!

Hope to see you at the Rally next week.

David H. Willis said...

The Rally is not looking good for my schedule, but there's still a chance. If i make it I'll be looking for you.

Soren said...

"Lift Jesus higher; lift Jesus higher (everybody!)"

False doctrine is still false doctrine even if it has a catchy tune.

Good post my friend.

David H. Willis said...
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David H. Willis said...

I'll never forget Tommy G. clapping away and exhorting to "lift Jesus higher." That was a classic "why don't you study your Bible" moment.