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(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

God.

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.

They are more free from the tyranny and narrow blindness of now. Instead, they are often driven

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