Friday, September 5, 2014

Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)

This song by Portland, OR band Ages and Ages might be the catchiest one I've heard in 2014. It's also got some excellent spiritual/ethical themes and implications, and the music video captures this sentiment in a childlike and hilarious style:

Do the right thing / do the right thing
Do it all the time / do it all the time
Make yourself right, never mind them
Don't you know you're not the only one suffering

Even though I'm fairly sure the band wasn't thinking of these particular passages of Scripture when they wrote this song, they come to my mind regarding one's motives and desires in ministry:

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)

For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. (2 Timothy 1:7-8)

Do the right thing. Do it all the time. Please God, not people. Don't you know you're not the only one suffering for the sake of the Gospel?

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