Monthly Archives: July 2010
I remember hearing Marty Haugen speak at a conference ten years ago (and I’ve had the privilege to hear him speak more recently, too) and I remember him talking about how music can convey theology – for better or worse.
If I think back to some of the camp songs and praise service songs I’ve heard, or even joined in singing, it’s rather shameful! …no wonder there are those who call Christians hypocrites, or steer clear of churches! Words like “I choose to be holy” or words that talk about Christians having a special place in heaven and so on.
I’m something of a ‘music enthusiast.’ I love to play when I have the opportunity, and I record songs for fun; I’m also surrounded by trained musicians in my family – it’s wonderful!
So, with the help of a friend/church family member/fellow musician, I tried my hand at writing a new Sunday School song on the occasion of a young family moving away from this area. The chorus is: “wherever you go, whatever you do, always remember: God loves you.” I believe those words are true, and think they’re worth repeating – in song or otherwise. And it’s up to us to show the love of God – to be the love of God for others, and to recognize God’s love when we receive from others.
(By the way, you can watch the streamed service from Sunday, July 25, to hear us sing the song, Remember God Loves You, in church.)
I went in to renew my driver’s license, today. On holidays, my family and I invariably put several thousand kilometers on the car, so I need to have a valid license…!
Within the past year, I’ve also obtained a new passport. In both cases, I’ve been asked to take off my glasses and not to smile. This is new; it’s not quite as new in the case of obtaining a passport (it’s been like that for about a decade now, it seems to me). What unnerves me about it is that I can only guess the reason for this measure is that I’ll look like someone you’re less likely to care about should I end up as a wanted person by the police… no smile, looking straight at the camera – this guy must be a criminal! (Images are powerful!)
I’m pictured in the files of the federal and provincial governments, and have been as long as I’ve been applying for government-issued identification. Why no smile? I like to smile in pictures! Does it make for an easier conviction should I be charged with something? I’m am still innocent until proven guilty in our justice system, correct? (…heaven forbid I should find myself on that side of the law.)
In a tough on crime agenda, making a case to limit the freedoms of people who seem to be a threat to ruling powers is everything. I worry about that with our current federal government, as well as the current provincial government. I’d rather see them both advocating for a better social net: how about health and education available and accessible to all? …that kind of priority would certainly make me smile!