Limelight

by Brian 23. October 2009 17:42

Growing up I often listened to the band Rush. And, having a worldview based on scientism, philosophical naturalism, and being downright skeptical about God, I related to most of the songs written by Neil Pert - the band's drummer. Now that I am a Christian, I cannot say I agree with much of Pert's philosophy. But I still love the music! I was listening to the song "Limelight" the other day and I realized this song has a very important message and one that fits nicely within my Christian worldview. On top of that, I think it is relevant to apologetics. The lyrics go like this...

 

 

Living in the limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem

Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme

I beleive these words reflect a real problem in western culture today. We are a culture "who wish to seem" instead of "be." A person who is driven by wonder and fascination must be prepared to deal with alienation, or put it aside. Now I may disagree with Pert on what the "underlying theme" really is. But we would agree on the priority of fascination, seeking, searching over keeping up appearances. In my apologetic conversations and studies, I have witnessed a near-absolute: For those who wish to seem, the underlying theme simply doesn't matter. It is not until our sense of wonder kicks in we even care about how things really are. Unfortunately there is little going on in our day to day activities to help us get on with the fascination. We are becoming more and more a culture of sound-bites, fashion, fads, entertainment, and self-absorption. It's getting harder each day to sell Paul's words in Romans 12:2 - "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." It seems to me such a transformation is necessary for us to even care about the real underlying theme.

 

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I am a Christian, husband, father of two daughters, an owner of ISC, lead architect of MapDotNet, armchair apologist and philosopher, writer of hand-crafted electronic music, and a kid around anything that flies (rockets, planes, copters, boomerangs, hot air baloons, lawn furniture)

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