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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 14:22:44 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Reality Check

False Dilemma
by Stan Mitchell

You have probably heard that great comedy team of
George Burns and Gracie Allen where a thug points
a gun at them and says:

"Your money or your wife!"

What follows is an agonizing pause. Finally the
crook presses for a response:

"Well? Which one?"

"Don't rush me," the raspy-voiced Burns yells,
"I'm thinking about it!"

What makes the skit funny is that this is supposed
to be a false dilemma. Burns doesn't want to give
up either his life or his wife!

The other week I heard someone say it again. "I
would rather my kids listen to Christian
Contemporary music than some of the other stuff
that's out there. Their lyrics are so ungodly.
Surely it's better to listen to Christian
sentiments, even if they use instrumental music?"
This is a false dilemma. There is no question that
much of the Country/Rap/Rock music we hear on the
airwaves these days is brutal, sex-saturated and
ungodly. I don't want their smut and resentments
polluting our children's thinking.

But I have been confronted too many times by young
people, in all sincerity, asking why we cannot
bring a guitar, band, or piano into church because
"We listen to Contemporary Christian music, and we
like it!" It's not their fault; it is we who sent
the wrong signal. Two wrongs do not make a right,
even when the one wrong is clearly worse than the
other.

But the fact remains that the same scripture that
instructs us to sing "songs, hymns and spiritual
songs" (Colossians 3:16) is as silent as a church
mouse on the instrument. As a wholesome
alternative, phone a Christian University and ask
for tapes or CD's of a good a cappella Chorus. You
won't be sorry.

"Now these things, brethren, I have transferred to
myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may
learn in us not to think beyond what is written"
(1 Corinthians 4:6).

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