A few years back, while living in DC, we were hobnobbing in Georgetown and stumbled into American Outfitters. If you’ve not had the privilege, AE is a place where jeans cost $250 and appear to have been picked up in the dumpster behind a discerning Goodwill store.
As we perused the merchandise and tried to look like we belonged there, Kelsey ran across a t-shirt with the following slogan:
Music is the weapon of the future.
My guess is the designer was more interested in making a profit than making a statement, but the statement remains (and I didn’t buy the t-shirt). Not only does it resonate…it’s happening.
It seems the Chinese government is arresting Tibetans in the Himalayan region for having “reactionary music ” on their cellphones. This of course, begs two questions.
Cell phones work in the Himalayans?
If a ringtone rings in the Himalayans and there’s no one there to hear it, did it matter?
It would appear that the answer to both of those questions is yes. I can’t comment on the cell coverage on K2, but I have a few ideas about the nature of music as a weapon. I doubt that any real political damage is being done by low-fi ringtones on the China frontier, but I have the utmost faith that real havoc is released in heaven and on earth when we loudly sing what is true in the face of what appears to be real.
Psalm 40 speaks of God putting a new song in our mouth, causing many to fear and trust in Him. A song, coined by the Father and aptly sung by His people, changes hearts, minds and circumstance.
Music is the weapon of the future, and the future is now. Sing.
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