Is this who we are? Really?
Like many people, I watched, with great interest, the live presentation of the classic musical, “The Sound of Music” that aired on a major network December 5th. I’ve always loved the movie and even saw the Broadway version years ago. I’ve also seen several local and high school theater presentations. It’s a great story with wonderful songs. I can honestly say, I’ve enjoyed every single one of the versions I’ve seen.
But what I want to talk about here is not Carrie Underwood’s acting, how well the children did, the sets or lighting, or even the changes to the original script the producers made. What I’ve found most interesting is the way people have reacted to it since it aired.
The critics are coming out of the woodwork and tearing it apart.
Don’t misunderstand me – I could make my own list of things I thought could have been done differently or better. But, something in me wants to stand and applaud the ambitious attempt of the cast and production team to bring this timeless classic to life. Now, I know they were well paid for the effort, but it takes guts to do what they did. And I, for one, think they should be commended instead of picked to death. No wonder no one has tried to do anything like this in many years. Who would want to take the chance?
I believe there’s a disturbing trend here. I sat in the stands throughout the football season and listened to the old man behind me scream at 17 year olds for not doing what he could never have done in his life. I witnessed the fans of a college team make death threats against a kicker who missed a field goal in a critical moment of a game. It seems, with every day that passes, some epic fail is called out in our communities and held up for ridicule and scorn.
And in our churches, we have the preacher for lunch and the music ministry for dessert, Sunday after Sunday. We wonder why our kids don’t respect their church leaders.
We have become a culture of critics. We find fault and focus on the failures and shortcomings of others as we see it, all the while rarely acknowledging our own deficiencies.
It shouldn’t be this way.
It’s one thing to have an opinion. It’s something entirely different to ridicule the character, effort, or ability of someone else in a public forum. It’s as if we are back in the Roman coliseum watching anyone with the courage go out in the arena. But now, we are not the ones sitting in the stands – we’ve become the lions.
We’re all just people. If we want to have real impact and influence in the world we live in, we need to start using our words to build up and help rather than tear down and destroy.
And in the body of Christ, we should be doubly sure that we use our words – not as weapons, but as windows to our God.
Director, LifeWay Worship