I Don't Want to be Original

I have decided two things today.
One. I’m not going to read any more cd reviews.
Two. I don’t want to be original.

In the realm of music today, it seems like the most coveted possession
in the hands of an artist, and the most prized pay-off in in the pockets
of a music company is to have, “something new.”
It is the thing that brings the highest praise, the highest dollar,
and the thing, that if found lacking, brings the highest critique.
Six days after the release of our record, I’m learning that first hand.

After reading a few reviews,
being praised by some and blasted by others I had to take a step
back and ask myself, “man, is our band really original?
Are we saying something new?
Are we even close to being relevant?”
Careful now, too much of that and you might pass out.

However,
after a few moments of contemplation,
a grin swept over my face, and a thought forced its way through the noise.
Truth crept in the back door.
“Hey Mike,” said the Bible.
“Yes Salty?” answered the anxious artist,
“There’s nothing new under the sun.”

Now, in regards to the creativity of our music,
I don’t want that to be a cop out or anything,
but it did answer some serious questions.
I mean, come on. Who do we really think we’re kidding anyways?
First of all, everything new is really something old, just reconstructed.
Anything that we would praise for being innovative,
would, in actuality, just be some recycled idea from
years before. A ghost of music past, re-wrapped for
a culture who isn’t yet familiar.
Secondly, and most importantly,
Jesus is not a song.
He is not a clever lyric, catchy riff, or the freshest hook.

Jesus is the truth.

Now, before you motor on through the rest of this blog,
think about that for a second.
He is THE TRUTH,
which means, truth is not an idea, an art form, or a way of saying something.
Truth is a person.
He is not a genre. He is not a trend.
He is never something, “new,”
rather, He is the one who makes all things new.
And anyone who is willing to forfeit the person of Christ
for saying something original, will in the end, lose the very thing they
were looking for. “Love is here, love is now.”
It’s not waiting in the “next best thing.”
It’s waiting in the One who made it all.

And besides,
if someone criticizes our album for not saying something “new,”
I can only respond, “good.”
If we were saying something new, well then we wouldn’t
be saying anything at all. In fact, it’s what Paul would call,
“a false gospel.”
“But even if we or an angel from heaven
should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached
to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)

If we are Christians, and we want to speak the gospel,
then we will undoubtedly sound like a broken record at times.
“This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life…(I John 3:16)
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love. (Psalm 90:14)
“if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)
Yes. On this record, we are saying things that “you’ve heard before,”
but that, unfortunately to some, is exactly our goal.

The gospel will never change.
Christ will never change.
Our message will never change.

If something “new” is something relevant,
than I don’t want to be relevant.
I want to say something, “old.”
I’d rather agree with with the last 2,000 years of saints
than be praised by a few magazine writers.
And if it means preaching the gospel truthfully and accurately,
then I have no problem sounding like the ones who’ve gone before me.
“Hallelujah for the blood of the Lamb that was slain.”
That will forever shame the proud and give confidence to the weak.
He who has ears to hear, let Him hear.
Cheers,
Mike D