Music Monday - 20090330

My choice for this weeks song was actually one a friend recommended to me several weeks, maybe even a couple of months, ago. It inspired me immediately, but it was not Monday - and i "can't" do another Music Monday entry on a day other than Monday! However, over time the song continued to keep its hooks in me. The "slow fade" is something we all need to guard against. People do conform to their environment. How many times have celebrities who identified themselves as 'Christian', only to have their testimony tainted by national headlines of infidelity or greed? No one is exempt from the world and its temptations.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You [1] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, [2] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:1-6, ESV)
Adam and Eve spoke face to face to God, and yet when the tempter comes and says, "Did God actually say... ?" they succumbed. How much more susceptible are we today? The wiles of the enemy are vast. Our enemy will come to us clothed in light to deceive. We must immerse ourselves in God's Word daily if at all possible. We must become so familiar with God's Word that when the deceiver comes we can test what is said and if it does not line up with what God has revealed to us then we already have our answer. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness he did not consult His own feelings on the matter, he did not take a poll, He answered, "it is written..." (Matthew 4).
Slow Fade Written by Mark Hall Special guest – Reagan Hall (Thank you, Princess, for your beautiful singing debut!) Be careful little eyes what you see It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings Be careful little feet where you go For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid When you give yourself away People never crumble in a day It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade Be careful little ears what you hear When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near Be careful little lips what you say For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid When you give yourself away People never crumble in a day The journey from your mind to your hands Is shorter than you’re thinking Be careful if you think you stand You just might be sinking It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid When you give yourself away People never crumble in a day Daddies never crumble in a day Families never crumble in a day Oh be careful little eyes what see Oh be careful little eyes what you see For the Father up above is looking down in love Oh be careful little eyes what you see © 2007 My Refuge Music/Club Zoo Music/SWECS Music (BMI) (admin. by EMI CMG Publishing) From Casting Crowns: This song was inspired by the spreading cancer of moral failure in the fathers of this generation. As believers, we must guard our hearts and understand the no one crashes and burns. They just slowly fade away one little compromise at a time. ~Psalm 1 / 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 / James 4:7-10 / Proverbs 4:23-27 / 1 John 2:15-17 / James 1:12-15 / Isaiah 59:2 / Matthew 13:16-23 / 1 John 2:3-6, 15-17 / Romans 12:1-3 / 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Recently a friend of mine posted a video basically asking Christians to stop believing in Creationism and just accept Evolution. *Sigh* Why is it that i have to just shut up and accept an unproven theory? I will state here that i agree that i cannot prove creationism, or that the Earth is only six to ten thousand years old. Will evolutionists be willing to say such a thing? My friend is entitled to believe in evolution. It is not a basis for salvation. I also understand the intention was to try and smooth things out between both sides of this issue. In the end, i do not agree with the video. The part that does offend me however, is that it is presented in such a way that any who believe in creationism, or intelligent design, are the ones who are causing the problems. In the end i hope it gets people to think about the issue, but it would be better if it was presented in a less biased point of view. I would encourage people to read this article written by a mathematics professor, or Darwin's Blackbox by Michael J. Behe. The Video "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" is also interesting in its depiction of just how open the scientific community is to intelligent design. Know what you believe, and why you believe it. Don't just look at the surface of things. Be willing to be wrong. In the end just know that you cannot convince someone of something they are not willing to consider. Immerse yourself in the Word of God so that when things come up that will tempt you to sin, you will be found grounded in the Word of God. The slow fade comes when you are willing to compromise what you know what God says, and choose to not follow it.


Anonymous said...

1st off - love the song. One of my favorite songs actually.

2nd - Be willing to be wrong - that is a great thing to say. Be willing to be wrong but stand for what you believe.

I don't think that makes you closed minded because you are willing to be wrong!

BigMama said...

Good song. Definitely a powerful message there.

Of course, as the friend, I'll stand with the video I posted. ;-D

People are certainly welcome to believe what they want. I can't stop folks from believing that the holocaust is a myth. But I'm disinclined to teach that as a possibility in history class and would be unhappy if there was a concerted effort to make it so. Creationists want their beliefs to be taught in science class despite the overwhelming evidence against it. Biology, cosmology, astronomy, geology -- all of these different disciplines of science still point to the same conclusion, which is that the earth is pretty dang old and evolution is true.

I think most evolutionists are open to new discoveries. However, when something has been shown to be lacking time and again, I have no doubt that it is frustrating to have that being proposed as necessary scientific curriculum.

Susan said...

I love love love this song. Standing for what you believe is hard. Not splitting hairs on stuff is sometimes harder. Deciding what are deal breakers for believers is even harder.



samurai said...

I'm glad you all liked the song. Casting Crowns is a very good band, and Mark Hall's Bible studies are really good too.

Alise - your reply is an example of why i don't get like getting into such debates. It is not one of my gifts. I take these things way too personally. I really admire people like Paul and Peter (at least in how they are portrayed in the Bible) on how they can keep their cool when debating the doctrinal issues.

Like i said, this is not a salvation issue. All i want to say is that i've heard the points from the astronomers and geologists, etc. and if one continues to ask the next question, and the next question, it leads to unknowns. IMO evolution may be accepted in the scientific community, but even the experts have agreed (so far, and maybe not all that publicly) that is not yet proven - thus i am not convinced. I have a decently analytical mind - i do not accept things at face value. But that is me.

Can God create the universe as spelled out in evolution? Absolutely. Can God create universe in a literal seven days to include all of the evidence that the experts are now seeing? Sure. How did He ultimately do it? I could never answer that question difinetevely
this side of Heaven.

My experience has been that the experts in the sciences that i have met are not particularly open (to put it nicely) in regards to the things of God. Both in person, and via those whom i currently associate with.

While i appreciate what you i believe you were trying to do, i am not convinced. Sorry. We are going to have to agree to disagree.

BigMama said...

That's totally okay! I'll still read your blog. ;-D