Let’s play a little game.
Where were you two years ago? Where were you living? Who was your closest friend? Did you have a job? What was your favorite class in school?
Now, ask yourself this: what was your favorite music? If your life during that time was a soundtrack, what were the songs that gave meaning to your day-to-day life?
Now imagine you're back in the present feeling a little nostalgic and want to relive the past. You put on that old soundtrack, and a moment later your suitemate bursts into the room and starts laughing. “What are you listening to!?”, he says. “Their songs were always garbage.” You think about laughing and pretending like you just don’t care but you do care and after a moment’s thought, you’re ready for a fight.
“What do you mean it’s ‘garbage’? Who says that anyway? At least I don’t listen to…”
And the fight begins. He’s stupid. You’re too sensitive. He’s arrogant. You always need to be right.
Who wins? Maybe it doesn’t matter. It’s just music. Everyone is entitled an opinion.
So the fight might end and in this situation it didn’t really matter that you didn’t agree because it wasn’t a life or death conversation.
Now consider a rather strange passage of scripture:
What? What’s up with the food restrictions? Why do they “not know something yet they ought to know”?
The Corinthian Christians weren’t fighting about music genres. However, they were forcibly stating their opinions. In fact, almost all the conversations around their faith began with, “In my opinion,” or “The way I see it is…” and a lot of, "You don't know what I know." It caused fights. Name-calling.
But the gospel is not about what you know but about who loves you--namely Jesus. Jesus who voluntarily surrendered his rights in order to show you the profound depth of his love. Jesus, who wasn’t interested in our personal insight, but whether we were willing to consider his moral authority in our lives.
Opinions about life and meaning may shift with cultural tides but, for the Christian, God’s authority must be a constant not because he forces his way into our lives and begins making demands, but because his wisdom gives us opportunities: to live a better lives among others, to honor Him, and experience the gift of his joy.
As a new semester is starting, keep in mind God wants to sing through your life.
Consider His song.