Daniel Lucarini spoke on music at Bob Jones this morning. Or, rather, he spoke on discernment and separation and danced around any specific application, relying instead on his audience’s crystal-clear notion of what he does and doesn’t believe we should listen to. Hey, we all know what Mr. Lucarini is trying to tell us: music with “a beat” somehow displeases God, and we need to stick with “classical” music because God likes it better. Worried that this might be a flying leap of logic? Don’t worry–Lucarini quoted a bunch of Bible verses!
Titus 2:11-14 quite obviously precludes rock music for the Christian!
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Mr. Lucarini implied that us young folks who enjoy Sovereign Grace, Casting Crowns, Hillsong and the like are indulging fleshly lusts. We haven’t submitted our desires to God. We listen to this music because we “like the tune” (and the lyrics are “ungodly”, or at the least, vapid and weak). Mr. Lucarini has indeed been out of the CCM world for a long time–much too long. He ought to know that the reason my generation has rejected a hymns-only approach is that a lot of CCM these days is Spirit-filled, sober, beautiful and joyful. In short, his description of today’s worship styles is embarrassingly false. It’s the caricatured vision of evangelical churches that BJU and other fundamental places push out of pure ignorance.
Mr. Lucarini would like us to believe that CCM is wrong because it’s “popular with the ungodly”. That’s utterly elitist. Classical music, too, is popular with unsaved people. Mr. Lucarini and BJU simply prefer high-class “ungodly people” (King’s Singers, Shakespeare actors, Presidents, opera performers, etc.) to those who don’t fit within their socio-economic boundaries. This doesn’t surprise anyone who’s attended or merely driven by BJU; it’s a place for the clean, the intelligent and the gentile. It should come as no surprise that they endorse the music of the upper-class. And of course they have to “find” their position in the Bible. After all, all of their standards are right from Scripture, right? Right??
Having ransacked the Holy Writ and found no texts which adequately treated his subject, Mr. Lucarini proceeds to offer us the guidance and counsel of learned Christians of all ages. Today we discovered that Augustine hated (and, presumably, hates) CCM. Lucarini reassures us that he “sought the wisdom of his elders” so he could be sure of wisdom. And what if I found a different set of “elders” who would seem to (anachronistically) support CCM? I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard. By the way, I must sadly report that Mr. Lucarini brought us no other hidden historical facts. We must continue in ignorance of Abraham’s view on Twitter, Paul’s thoughts in the field of human cloning, and Thomas Aquinas’ favorite TV shows.
Mr. Lucarini is quite convinced that every Christian ought to agree with him. Early on in his Christian walk, he says he decided that
“We should learn to deny ungodly music. Now what is that? Well, it’s actually not that hard to figure out. I think sometimes we tend to make it a little bit harder than it is. For me, ungodly music are [sic] the styles of the ungodly! And they’re popular with the ungodly because this is music that enables or feeds their lusts”
Mr. Lucarini (and I hope you’re reading this), there are quite a few of us who love God and His word who do not agree with you at all. It will not inevitably follow from prayerful meditation and study that we will ever do so (despite your implication). We don’t really care how many languages your book has been translated into, either. Especially that Greek one…
P.S. I wrote this post with The Beatles, The Killers and U2 playing at a high volume.