This piece is my third and final contribution to the #PlanetCCM synchroblog project, about how christian music has affected our lives. Read more about it here.
A few years ago, I realized that maybe God didn’t have a specific, pre-determined plan for my life. I began to distrust the Christian idea of a ‘calling’ – the idea that our vocation, or life’s purpose, is somehow destined by God. The underlying assumption for Christians who live like this, is that God had a ‘will’ for our lives which we needed to discover and follow. Every choice boiled down to whether we would obey or disobey this will.
I started to realize that my choices didn’t have to be “right” or “wrong” alone. Sometimes, there were multiple, but equally good, options. This choice takes you here, this choice takes you there. It sounds incredibly obvious, but when entrenched in evangelicalism and constantly fretting about being in God’s will, it was hard to see.
As these thoughts careened around in my soft tissue, I found myself involuntarily ‘flinching’ at Christian music stuff that hadn’t bothered me before. If I heard a band talk about God’s will (for their band, new album, tour mates, lyrics), I responded with skepticism. (more…)