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Are You Listening to What You Are Listening To?!

Have you ever noticed how we compartmentalize our religion into specific areas of our lives? We may go to church on Sunday but what do we watch / listen to / say during the rest of the week?

A couple of examples. While sitting at a table for donuts after Mass on Sunday I heard a mom at the next table comment that her favorite song to exercise to was Ain't Going Down by Garth Brooks. Now, there is nothing wrong with Country music per se, but when a Catholic says that her favorite exercise song is about a couple of kids running off to have sex, there's a problem. In our office I allow people to put CD tracks onto a juke box computer that we randomly sort and play in the back office. I set clear guidelines about what was allowed – the lyrics couldn't be promoting things contrary to the Faith and hard rock / metal wasn't allowed regardless of the lyrics because I didn't want customers hearing it when they called. One of the songs that somehow got put onto the jukebox was The Joker by the Steve Miller Band. The song is an autobiography of a Don Juan who does drugs. The song, and a large selection of others, have been removed but why were they there in the first place?

Paying attention to what the message is isn't just a Catholic problem. A local radio station promotes itself as being “family friendly”. Immediately following one station promotion mentioning this, they played All that She Wants by Ace of Base and Bette Davis Eyes back to back. They also have the song Follow Me by Uncle Kracker in the lineup. If you wonder why the playlist and the station promotions are at odds, go look up the lyrics. When I listen to the radio, I am constantly flipping stations to avoid humming along with whatever immorality is being promoted. I frequently end up listening to the local classical station because there is so little decent music on.

Any time I watch a movie or listen to music or read a book, I am constantly asking myself “What is the message?”. If the message is at odds with my Faith, I have to do some serious pondering about the value of spending my time doing what I'm doing. It seems that in a day where 90% of what passes for media is antithetical to the Faith, we need to do a better job of bringing our Faith to bear on all aspects of our lives, even when it means changing our listening / watching / reading habits.

5 comments

  1. Is the planet currently warming? Absolutely! Is it man-made warming versus a natural planetary cycle? There is no proof to show that it is.

  2. I’m not completely convinced that the planet is even warming. That graph says it is, but I don’t know anything about the graph. Where is it from? Who compiled it? Where did they get their information? If this comes from people who support the Global Warming theory, I’m personally not going to view it as accurate.

    In addition, the only temperatures that we can be reasonably certain are accurate come from the last 120 years (we can’t ever be positive). In the other graph, 99% of the information there is purely theoretical. For all we know, the Earth could be going through a Global Cooling.

  3. I think the point here is not whether the charts are 100% accurate, but that we must not make laws that make it difficult or impossible for people to live in obedience to God’s laws, or cause panic when we should be trusting God.

  4. The temperature graph is taken from average temperatures at meteorological stations around the world. I don’t doubt the accuracy of the temperature recordings, only the interpretation.

  5. It is pretty clear the planet IS warming from the late 1800’s until now. Again, the point being that it could just be part of the planets long term cycle. A brief warming spike in a longer cooling trend. Either way not something we need to worry about.

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