There are some secular songs that immediately remind me of my high school and college years. I have over the years downloaded some of those songs to my computer and every now and then will listen to them. A few days ago, we were all hanging out in our living room and I was working on my computer. Molly wanted to listen to some music and so I pulled up Media Player and began to play some old songs. “When I See You Smile” is one of those songs that for some reason I’ve always liked. It was playing through and the line was sung, “when I see you smile, I can face the world, I can do anything.” Molly very quickly pointed out to me that only God can do anything. My attempts to explain the true meaning of the musical text seemed to fall on deaf ears because she knows that only God can do anything . . . and she’s right.
Molly analyzed that song in a way that on the whole, most people rarely do. She payed attention to the content of the song and critiqued it. How often are our musical choices driven by the music that we like and not the content of the music? I am afraid that most often our choices in music have little to do with the content. We may at times overlook clearly unbiblical content because we simply like the music. This could be true of both Christian and secular music. People may at times choose conservative Christian music based solely on the style with little thought to the content of the words. Often people will have no problem singing wrong theology as long as the music is acceptable.
While Molly’s knowledge of Scripture is clearly minimal, she is already using that knowledge to analyze events in her life. Maybe what she said was trite, but I think it might do us good to mimic such triteness.