Here’s a question….. Jesus said, “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'” (Mat. 15:11) He was talking to people who were complaining about eating with “unwashed” hands, but he turned the focus from the hands to the heart.
I was listening to Carly Simon today… and R.E.M… and Joan Baez… and enjoying all of them. And for some reason that verse popped into my head. About 74% of the music I own is done by Christian artists. (I counted and mathed it up in Excel.) But I really love the other 26% too, and I feel like there’s a good personal balance there.
So when the verse popped into my head, I wondered how far that can be taken – and in how many circumstances. Is it… not what goes into my head but what comes out of it? Not the kind of music I listen to, but the kind of music I make…. not what I watch on TV, but the way I live my life…….
Just to argue with myself, I pulled out the first logical verse that came to mind (the one I’d expect to be refuted with) “…whatever is pure…lovely…admirable…excellent…praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Phil 4:8) Well, okay. My music fits some of those. Most of them. And, theoretically, 74% of my CDs fit all of those. (Not considering the fact that a lot of “secular” music is just flat out better musically, creatively and lyrically than a lot of “Christian” music. So some of that 74% is lacking in the excellent, lovely and admirable departments.)
But where does Titus 1:15 fit in? “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure…”
That’s just an intriguing verse. It leaves me with absolutely nothing to say.