This thread will be posted in several posts because it is long. Yes, I really do think that what I have to say is important enough for several posts.
I would like to suggest that Christians stop complaining about the music in their church. Become conscientious objectors in the “Music Wars.”
Numbers 11: 1 says, “Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord, and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.”
Galatians 5: 19-20 says, “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident…disputes, dissensions, factions…”
Philippians 2: 14 says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”
Most of you already know these and many other Bible verses that condemn a critical, complaining spirit.
I think the verse in Numbers is particularly ominous—the Lord “consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.” What are the “outskirts” of the Catholic Church? Those Catholics who have fallen away, but still come to Mass once a year and at funerals? Our children who are not yet committed to the Church? Non-Catholics who are peeking into the Catholic Church to see how we do things?
Is it possible that our “complaining” could be the cause of their “consumption by the fire of the Lord?” What a terrible thought! How do you explain THAT to the Lord at your judgment? “I didn’t care who I hurt as long as I had MY music.”
People talk as though they have a “right” to “good music.”
No, we don’t.
We don’t have a right to ANYTHING except an eternity in hell. We are sinners.
Because He loved us, God has given us the means to be saved and go to heaven. He has given us everything. We have no right to any of His gifts, but He gives them to us anyway. Thanks to Him.
He has given us each a Church, a parish, to belong to. It isn’t a concert hall or a classroom or a music studio. It is a home, with all of our family surrounding us.
continued on the next post