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June 19, 2017, 8:58 AM

The Best and Worst of a Rock Concert


This past week I spent some time traveling to see my favorite band perform live. I stood in the sun for hours (we had General Admission tickets) in order to get the best spot possible for seeing them up close. There were some great moments before the music started while visiting with fellow concert-goers and bonding with the security guard stationed right in front of me on the other side of the railing (seriously, we bro-hugged after the show was over). The downside of the experience was literally standing/waiting for 9 hours for the concert to officially begin. Mind you, there were about 1000 other people doing the same thing, with some camping out at the venue for well over 16 hour to get in. 

Feet were tired. Neck and shoulders were sunburnt. But when the music started, that all went away in the bliss of my favorite songs being performed just for me, live in person. So lets talk about the content and theme of the show a bit. Revolution and discontent were the normatives and messages being sent. While we live in a great country, its not quite there yet to be completely satisfied. Therefore: anthems screaming for change, songs railing for better opportunity, and speeches about injustice. All done with magnificent volume, dizzying visuals, and amazing music. 

While the band was on, and while I was surrounded by 50,000 other people I agreed wholeheartedly with what they were saying.  We were charged up and ready to stand strong. I wanted to join in the campaign.........  and then the music stopped and the show ended. Instead of 50,000 people rallying for social justice, we were 50,000 people just wanting to go home and rest (and make it out of the worst parking lot on the planet alive). 

This past week we talked about Love in our service. And I think we were all on the same page that Love needs to be prioritized and modeled by Christ-followers everywhere we go. 

But what happens when the music fades and we're no longer surrounded by a crowd? When we are the only ones who will "know" whether we've obeyed those important commandments in Matthew 22 of Loving God and Loving People.  What happens when we aren't swept in a tidal wave of goodness and service? 

It's what happens in the valleys that will define us (not the mountaintops). Let Love define your lowest moments, and everything else will fall into place. 

Luke 15: 20 - 24 20“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.21His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’

22“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.23And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast,24for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

 


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