March 16, 2009

in relation to my post on March Break

I was shown this song/group at work a few summer's ago. I was intrigued. When I listened to it, I felt some sort of understanding with what I was hearing.  

A conversation with my co-worker (who also happened to be my friend from church) followed, as we listened to the song again, and other songs from them. I don't remember everything we talked about, but one thing was that as Christians, it's probably not a good idea to listen to this kind of music because it is so easy to be sucked into the depressed feeling that it gives you. What you listen to slides into your mind and your heart and you begin to feel and think about what is being impressed upon you through it.  I thought that was interesting.

I also find it so sad that there are probably hundreds of bands, and people who listen to these bands, who live lives that don't have meaning, where songs like this express their lives so perfectly. What does the world have to offer you when you are depressed. 

The truth is, the world has nothing to offer. It only has more hopelessness to offer, resulting in more depression, more stress, more hurt, more suicide...

The song also represents the idea that no one else understands where you are. That there is similarity between your problems and someone elses. Verses the Christian idea that we can all share our problems and help eachother, because we all struggle with similar things and go through many of the same things in life. We can identify with eachother. And we are okay with leaning on one another. 

What can Christ offer them? Everything. Do we share this? People can find this song and many like it on youtube. Are other songs of hope found there as well? Are they having an effect? 

Just something I thought about as I remembered this song. And in light of what I heard about March Break.

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