Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Remember the Sabbath Day ..."

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
As a pastor I once urged young people to listen to classical music rather than rock. Since then I have often been reminded that much classical music, especially that composed by non-Christian composers since about the middle of the 19th century, has been just as much an expression of frayed nerves as is rock. Something happened to humanity about a century and a half ago that has set humanity's nerves on edge. It is expressed in popular music-a restlessness of spirit, an impatience with life, a minor key, frenetic irritation, expressed in cacophony and instrumental and vocal discord, yes, rebellion in music (if such it can be called). It's musical "enmity against God."
Some will say the problem was the Industrial Revolution; now we live in the age of roaring jet engines, diesel trucks, and jack hammers. It's like rubbing our eardrums with sandpaper. But we could endure all that and still be at peace in spirit if we could keep the Sabbath day holy. Industry is not primarily at fault; in fact, God has specifically commanded us, "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work" (Ex. 20:9).
About the same time in the middle of the 1800s came what must be a call from heaven to reverence God and give Him glory as Creator and Redeemer, by raising up the foundations of many generations-observance of the Lord's true Sabbath. It was intended by Heaven to be the call to "Come unto [Him], all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and [He] will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). The call to Sabbath rest was not a legalism burden, but a proclamation of the true Good News of justification by faith. Keeping the Lord's true seventh-day Sabbath was to be the path through which humanity realized that "rest." The restlessness of spirit that humanity find in rock music is actually Sabbath-less-ness, coming naturally with the loss of Sabbath-keeping.
Right now, pause where you are and "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: July 11, 2001.
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