21 July 2011

In Response, No. 1

This is a response to a comment on this article made by this individual.

First of all, the dragon is a cultural symbol of Wales where the choir festival took place. It would be the same if the festival took place in the U.S. and a grand eagle were on display or if it took place in Japan and there was a sun.

Secondly, the songs were classic and historical pieces that have beautiful meaning.

What would you say to musicians who said they played music for the Lord in a part of town where there were thieves and harlots, underneath the signs and paintings of a secular culture? Or how about a men's chorus that performed in war zones? Or how about an old man who works for a government under the banners of a heathen god? Because actually these people were all in the Scriptures. They played music and worked underneath banners of foreign symbols, but it didn't mean they had accepted and beheld sin. (Joshua 6:20, 2 Chronicles 20:21, Esther 2)

The Bible also uses the ocean and water as symbols of the congregation of evil and darkness, (Revelation 21:1), but does that mean any symbols of water or the ocean are of evil? The fish was a symbol of a pagan god in the Old Testament, but we know early Christians used the fish as a symbol of their faith.

That dragon is simply a symbol of the Welsh festival, and inscribed on the seal is the motto of the festival "Byd gwyn fydd byd a gano. Gwaraidd fydd ei gerddi fo" which translates from the Welsh as "Blessed is a world that sings, Gentle are its songs."

The voice is the only directly God-given instrument. And this festival celebrates the assembled unison of that gift. The festival's motto reminds me of the words from a hymn, "This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears - All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres."

This choir or any choir will find it can only sing the music of the spheres, the song the angels sang at the world's first dawn. I'm sure this choir came to competition with only the intent of praising the Lord. I think it's about time an Adventist choir took front stage to witness. We've been afraid of being afraid of secularism or paganism because of the spotlight for too long.

Let us show the world that our gospel is not shared by meaningless Bible-bashing, but by the song in our hearts.

"Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them."

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