(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.51)
How do we resist the pull of such temptations? Should we ignore the musical preferences of the
people to whom we minister? Is that the answer?
No, it isn’t. As in all temptation, the key is to stay focused on the Father. That was how Jesus
resisted temptation in the wilderness. Satan tried to turn His eyes away from the Father to look
to His own needs. Jesus kept His attention on the Father. His connection with the Father was
His strength. It is ours as well. Spend daily time with God. Keep your heart fixed on Him so that
He is your guide, your inspiration, your enabler, and your only motivation. Stay tuned to His
Spirit, and use all your energies to glorify only Him.
When we seek to appeal to people, we are easily sucked into fads. Our focus turns to the
current taste, whatever it is. Such fads are a quick fix in the perpetual human search for true life
with all its stimulations. Fads cannot touch the deeper, more lasting, more pressing needs. Their
goal is pleasure. Their desire is to feel better, not to be better. Their focus is other people, not
This is not a condemnation of any particular style, be it contemporary or traditional. We all face
this same temptation, whatever our style. We are all tempted to appeal to people, to entertain
them rather than to minister to them. What begins as a means to a good end so easily becomes
an end in itself, and a selfish one.
Stay tuned to Jesus Christ. Spend enough time with the Shepherd that You recognize His voice
(John 10). As you listen to Him and live in Him, the Creator will create through you.
Innovators, and those who build to last, are not so much ahead of their time as out of their time.