“Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.” (Ecclesiastes 8:1)
I bet if a survey was taken on what causes church divisions, you’d find musical arguments/differences ranking extremely high. How silly that seems to me. If we didn’t progress musically we would still be listening to Stephen Foster and sing only worship songs like Shall we Gather at the River and Bringing in the Sheaves.
What if we were only offered the same songs each week? Worship would become routine, our minds would probably wander and church worship would become boring, right? We’d lose our focus. I enjoy all music; from opera to rock, from jazz to country, from beautiful old hymns to the newest played on K-LOVE radio. If the words move me to honor our LORD, it’s a good song. There are many powerful motivational modern songs today.
We all have different musical tastes, it makes for an interesting world. Can you imagine how God shakes His head and grieves when He hears His children fighting over something so trivial? “That song’s stupid!” “No it’s not, you’re stupid!” “Well my song worships God.” “No it doesn’t, MINE DOES!!!”
Children, children . . . although God never changes, He enjoys seeing us change. If He didn’t, He’d have created only two robotic types of humans and order us to consume the same foods each day. Instead our Lord created us uniquely with Free Will. We each have different interests, talents, desires, skills and Spiritual gifts. It annoys me when people believe their philosophical ideas are the only correct ones. It must get tiring being smarter than God.
“The lifestyle of the fool is right in his own opinion, but wise is the man who listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15)
Patients have argued with me that the Cabbage Soup, Rice, Paleo or Atkins Diet are the only ones which work. Great, but remember, the only good diet is one that lasts a lifetime. Is this the way you’d want to eat for a lifetime? Do those diet plans train you how to eat normally? God’s Word does in Genesis 1:29 and 9:3. Simple, concise and doable. Does your diet teach you how to overcome challenges, like why you might self-destruct? (Do I eat for emotional reasons, angry, bored?) God’s Word teaches that too.
Do you tire of the same diet foods as you do the same worship songs? Variety is the spice of life! Foods have different physiological purposes to maintain a sound metabolism. It’s important to diversify. For example, a diet consisting of only fruit misses out on at least 50 other nutrients for healthful living. That’s not healthy and it’s boring.
With diets, I use the litmus test: “Did God really say, “Thou shalt not consume __________?” God does not make mistakes! He would not have created something in the Garden of Eden and then say, “Oh dear, I made a mistake. You can’t consume potatoes, legumes, eggs or grains. Gosh, I’m such a willy-nilly god, oh well . . .” No my God is Sovereign! He doesn’t lead us astray and we are free to consume any diet which honors our Lord.
Google the word “diet” and you’ll get over 475,000,000 hits. We all have a different chemical make-up so what works for me might not necessarily work for you. I follow a Biblical Diet like the Mediterranean, the DASH and the Volumetrics Diet because it offers a variety of nutritious choices. These plans also profess God’s Word of anything being fine in moderation. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
Does your daily diet honor our Lord?