All over the world there are stupid, ignorant and misinformed people parading around in sheep’s–or should I say intelligent people’s clothing. Whether in the political, moral or philosophical world, at least 1 out of every 4 people in modern society is an ignorant buffoon. Below is my account of the past 2 months. I have encountered nothing but ignorant buffoons, leading me to think that, quite possibly, the indie music scene may have a larger concentration of stupid people than most other subcultures.
Starting back in February, I had a bit of a disagreement with a gentleman on one of my sites. Now, you may be thinking, “was it about the war…maybe it was about (insert actual pressing concern here),” but no, sadly it was about basic, inalliable free speech rights. He, as well as several that I have encountered since, seem to think that, while it is OK to have a vocabulary of nothing but four-letter words, talking about God in any sense, or having any morality guiding your life at all extinguishes free speech. So, basically, this gentleman as well as two or three others since think free speech is OK unless you are using it to speak about God, the Bible, or are disagreeing with them on any matter regarding swearing of any kind.
Now, I don’t particularly agree with swearing in music. I think it is kind of like taking a tube of toothpaste into the Louvre and proceeding to smear the paintings with it. Music is art and swearing, by it’s very nature is foul–that is the purpose–to use a word that will shock or in general make the person you are using the word to upset. Swear words are modifiers, meant to make the words around them seem harsher and angrier. Music should be about life experience and beauty. It is art and thus has no room for anything “foul”.
Now, before you get all over me about free speech, the above is my view. I have never tried to push it on anyone. I hold dearly to this view and it shows in my music reviews and in the CD’s that I buy. So, you can see my conundrum when the above said individuals come beating down my door, torch and pitchfork in hand because I am trying to spread a little morality in an other wise morally degenerate hardcore and punk rock scene.
The point of why I write all of this is as follows. I cannot be the only one. I am slowly growing tired of fighting the moral fight. I married my beautiful wife at the age of 19 years old. We were both virgins. I am proud of that. I have lost friends in the past 5 years of my life because I have decided to take moral stands: about music, lifestyle choices and other morally absent activities. I hope and pray that someone out there sees this and thinks to themselves,” I feel that way too, I am not the only one.”
I am not writing this to pat myself on the back, or to appear self-righteous. The only reason that I have been able to make the right decisions is because of Jesus Christ guiding my life. If you are not saved, this post is not for you. You don’t have, in your heart, a guiding determiner between what is right and wrong. If you are saved, and you are a part of the hardcore/punk/emo/indie scene, stand up for what you know is right. Stop justifying things in your mind. Take the Bible literally when it says to think about noble and pure things. Most importantly, once you decide that you are going to serve Christ in the music scene by abstaining from the filth that is infiltrating its way into the Christian and secular market, get active. Write reviews on message boards and sites and include your thoughts on the bad aspects of CD’s. Call a spade a spade. There are more of us who yearn to do right out here than I am seeing in my little corner of the scene. Please, lets untie and do what we are on this earth to do–glorify the name of Christ and bring others to Him. I am sure God in all of His majesty is getting pretty sick of Christians arguing over clear sin issues like swearing. Lets divert that same energy into winning the lost.
If you would like to talk this over further, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.