Most mornings I can be found hitting the snooze button with great enthusiasm, and when I say enthusiasm I mean that I slam it, bury it under pillows, borderline on breaking it. It seems impossible to wake up, so impossible that it usually takes me 3-4 proper “enthusiastic” hits to the snooze button to do so.
Then yesterday morning happened….
Unlike those other mornings, I forgot to set that burdensome alarm the night before. Springing out of bed with only 20 minutes to get ready, throwing on whatever clothes looked decent. I lacked the need for any additional snooze sessions, the time on the clock was so alarming that I sprang into action immediately. It was not hard getting out of bed, it was not difficult finding the energy. My hair was in what some would call a 2 minute bun of desperation, but for the sake of my feelings we’ll refer to my look as Bohemian Chic…
Suddenly while I was driving to work in my silent car (refer to this blog post), it dawned on me…Why was it so easy to get out of bed today? How come I was bright eyed and ready to face the world without any additional snooze button usage?
Simple answer – The moment called for urgency.
I think that sometimes we see the moral decay of our world and we hit the snooze button, we continue to slumber in ignorance while the world around us crumbles in the hands of evil. I realized that the 10 extra minutes on my snooze button was not unlike the 10 extra years on our communities snooze buttons. On our countries snooze button. On the worlds snooze button.
When will the day come that we spring out of bed in urgency? When will we get tired of being in a slumber, ignorant and complacent to the things dragging us down. You may say “but I complained about Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga on Facebook! Therefore, I’m not asleep!”, or “I went to church on Sunday, I’m not in a slumber!”, or maybe “I pray for the Middle East, I’m not oblivious!”…But is that being awake? Is that your action when in urgency?
The horrified views of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga are justifiable, just like they were with Madonna and Cher. Not only are they actively teaching young girls and women that objectifying oneself is “power”, but they are also teaching young boys and men that women really are just objects. That’s how evil works, it teaches you to become and accept the opposite of what Christ designed for you to be. I won’t go into too much detail on the subject because I already have in previous blog posts, please check out the following posts on women being “treasured”:
(Click to view post) Women, A National Treasure – What do we want our daughters to learn? What do we want our sisters to learn? Where do men belong in the fight for treasured women?
(Click to view post) Equality or Depravity – Has our fight for equality actually made us implode?
Recently I’ve seen the news filled with senseless killings, Christians being slaughtered in Egypt, immorality and objectification being disguised as women’s rights and power, etc. and as I’ve said before, we as Christians have failed in taking a stand. If our human nature and what we celebrate takes precedence over what we KNOW is right, the latter rarely wins.
So, Christians…How strong is the sense of urgency? Are you going to hit the snooze button again, or are you awake? Are you still going to give your money to the “artists” teaching your daughter not to respect herself? Are you still going to watch the shows that teach your son that women are just objects? Are you going to sit silent while teenage boys thrill kill elderly veterans, or are you going to figure out WHY our nation has lost respect for fellow human beings?
You don’t appreciate what the VMA’s allowed? Don’t watch them, don’t watch MTV.
You don’t like the message that the main stream radio stations send to your kids? Don’t listen to them.
You don’t like the sexual innuendoes in that show? Don’t have them on your TV.
“Well, this show isn’t appropriate, but it’s SO funny!” – How many of us have been there?
“This song is really catchy! Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus etc. they’re all just harmless ear worms.” – Say that to the staggering number of teen pregnancies, abortions, sexually active teens, etc…It has been proven that music induces physiological, emotional, behavioral and cognitive responses. It can affect your mood, hence the use of therapeutic music when you see the Dentist, ride an elevator, or when you’re on hold for long periods of time. They’ve even done studies that show it can influence your purchasing behavior in stores. Or how about when you’re watching a movie, imagine watching it without the background music…It changes the entire mood, it manipulates the senses.
As Plato said: “Music is concerned with harmony and rhythm, so that you may speak of a melody or figure having good rhythm or good harmony-the term is correct enough; but to speak metaphorically of a melody or figure having a “good colour,” as the masters of choruses do, is not allowable, although you can speak of the melodies or figures of the brave and the coward, praising the one and censuring the other. And not to be tedious, let us say that the figures and melodies which are expressive of virtue of soul or body, or of images of virtue, are without exception good, and those which are expressive of vice are the reverse of good.”
So, to put it mildly, it was a warning to beware of musical innovation that sets out to challenge and change society to the negative.
Every generation often mirrors its music, there is no denying this, ESPECIALLY in a world where every type of music is readily available at all times. What we do in life is our responsibility to own, but using that as an excuse to continue listening to trash that aids in the nose dive of Western Civilization is irresponsible.
It is time for us to wake up with a sense of urgency. Our #1 goal should be to reach the lost and share the Gospel, to be IN the world, not OF the world…Aren’t you tired of hitting the snooze button? Aren’t you tired of being able to quote that hilarious movie word for word but still don’t know the order of the books in the bible? We aren’t perfect, and we will fail sometimes, but I know that I need to work on my sense of urgency…Do you?
I’ll end this with a brilliant quote from Ravi Zacharias:
“In the 1950s kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term —the generation gap.
In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest—church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion….It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”