I know there is that age old saying about the demise of youth beginning with Sex, Drugs, and Rock&Roll. In this post I feel like isolating Rock Music. And for ease of discussion I'm not talking about Christian Rock.
Anyway, I get it, I mean, I get why Rock Music has been historically cast in a negative light. It's loud and rowdy, it inspires rebellion against authority, it facilitates drug use and promiscuity (doesn't it???) But, besides the drug use - if there is even a correlation there (and probably there isn't) - is there really anything inherently sinful about rock music and the culture that surrounds it? Isn't rebellion sometimes necessary? And isn't it natural to want that auditory and tactile stimulation that comes from pounding drums and crunching guitars and throbbing bass? I mean, how is that any different from enjoying a classical sonata or an expensive massage? God says "Shout to the Lord" and "make a joyful noise" so surely it's not the decibel level that's problematic.
So how come when I'm at a rock show I often feel like I've left God at the door? Why do I (and I suspect some others) have a hard time bridging the enjoyment of this particularly rowdy form of recreation with a God who seems also to command respect, reverence, silence, humility, austerity?
The short answer, I would guess, has something to do with guilt? Like, we're wrongfully made to feel that way? Or maybe there really is something to it. Anyway, I thought I'd open it up to discussion, if anyone has any ideas about this. Like, if people have already come to terms with this, please tell me about that!