“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
My daughter turned 14 last month, and in lieu of an actual gift, my parents got her tickets for a rock concert she had been dying to see. I had listened to this band since my daughter was little, so I felt a little pride knowing my daughter had turned into a little rocker chick.
The funny thing about our kids emulating us, is that you suddenly start to rethink the wisdom of your choices. My daughter played the band’s songs pretty non-stop before the concert, and suddenly I started listening to the words. REALLY listening to the words. Um, holy inappropriate Batman!
I’m not one of those people who thinks that Christians can ONLY listen to Christian music (legalism, table of one), but I do think we need to use some discernment on the material we choose to feed our minds. A little bit of junk food is NOT going to kill you, but a steady diet will make you fat, sick, and unwell. Much like a steady diet of television or music that is full of unhealthy messages can takes it’s toll on your spiritual health.
My daughter went to the concert, and had a blast watching her grandma dance along to the music. And she may go to another one. I like what the late, great Rich Mullins said about it,
It’s so funny being a Christian musician. It always scares me when people think so highly of Christian music, Contemporary Christian music especially. Because I kinda go, I know a lot of us, and we don’t know jack about anything. Not that I don’t want you to buy our records and come to our concerts. I sure do. But you should come for entertainment. If you really want spiritual nourishment, you should go to church…you should read the Scriptures.
Coincidentally, the night of this concert I was emailed TobyMac’s new album “This Is Not A Test.” Some of you might remember him from the early 90’s youth-group-favorite band dc Talk. I sure did see dc Talk back in the day. More than once, actually!
Rap is not really my jam. At all. Unless you count the time I had one too many glasses of cabernet and downloaded an entire Eminem album. But my daughter loves TobyMac, so I gave the album a listen.
What really struck me as a listened was the lyrics. There was nothing inappropriate. Actually, he lays down some sound theology. Now these are the words I want my daughter singing to in the car, not violent, sexual, and profanity ridden lyrics.
Do we still listen to non-Christian music? Heck ya. But are we being more discerning about what we choose to feed our minds. Are you a TobyMac fan? Or just interested in listening to some more wholesome music? Lucky you, I have a copy to give away!
If you don’t want to take your chances on winning the album, it is available today (August 7) on iTunes. I’d love to hear what you think about it!