NOTHING BUT EXCELLENCE
NOTHING BUT EXCELLENCE
For many years I have thought and said that a PhD degree is becoming less meaningful every day. It seems that I was not far from correct. Even learned people like Gundula Bosch, who directs the R3 Graduate Science Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, thinks that they should “train PhD students to be thinkers, not just specialists.” The gist of presentation is that logic should play a part in findings of research as well as the gathering of facts. What a novel idea. Logically speaking, one who becomes more and more specialized becomes more and more narrow minded. Hence, one actually becomes less educated and less balanced (or logical) in one’s approach to any given matter. This is very evident in areas such as creation and evolution. All scientific logic says Darwinian evolution is illogical. However, evolutionary scientists believe in evolution because they are never taught to analyze evolution critically. They are taught to accept it and then produce papers that prove it. Enough said on evolution. Its’ shortcomings are self evident.
How about excellence in music? Can we use logic in this reference? I think so. If something is overly loud and noisy to the point of damaging one’s hearing, should this be considered excellent? For years I worked in the construction industry. We often had to use tools that created loud noise. More often than not, the manufacturer of that tool included in the instructions with that tool, warnings of the loudness of the tool and that measures should be taken to prevent damage to one’s hearing. Though good was brought about by the use of the tool, it was still necessary to issue the warning. In this case, the noise was not what the product was used to produce. It was an unintended effect of the use of the tool to accomplish a higher goal, and steps could be taken to lessen the ill effects produced.
However, in much of what today is called “music”, the noise which causes damage to one’s hearing is the product itself. When a product produces damaging effects it cannot be considered excellent. It is understandable that a worldview that is atheistic does not mind things that destroy. Jesus made the distinction when He contrasted Himself to the “thief”. He said, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy,..” Any thing that calls itself music but brings about destruction cannot be associated with a life giving Creator. So much of the “music” associated with the church today is nothing but trash that glorifies the creature more than the Creator and brings about destruction of the creature that God, Himself, endowed with His very image. It is time to quit performing and begin to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
He is an excellent God and deserves NOTHING BUT EXCELLENCE.