On my bike rides along the beach this week I've observed the set-up of staging, tents, food trucks, strings of lights, and all sorts of paraphernalia for a weekend music festival.
It's a spectacular setting, with views of mountains cascading down to the sea. But rather than have the audience look out at the view, the stage is positioned so the audience will look in the opposite direction, toward the performers.
The musicians will beat their drums, strum their guitars and sell their own visions and versions of life. Their lyrics will reflect societal and planetary issues and the poetics of life - love, hate, pain and pleasure.
Fans will travel from near and far, craving something more than the dust of everyday life. They may be mesmerized, seduced, even enchanted with the sights and sounds but are likely to leave hungry and thirsty for something more for their souls.
They'll hear music without Truth. Music is a gift from God. When used for its true purpose, to worship our Creator, it fills us with peace and joy. When music is used to worship false gods such as self, others and worldly philosophy, it is often agitated, restless, and devoid of peace and joy. It stirs up dust, the opposite of what music should do. It becomes a device of the devil.
The beauty of God's creation reminds us of His love for us. He sent HIs Son Jesus to earth to demonstrate His love for us, "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8b KJV)
Our souls are only satisfied when we are at peace with God, made possible when we accept Jesus' sacrifice for our sins, putting our faith in Him for our Salvation. In Christ, we are heirs to eternal life and have a destiny far more beautiful than anything we can imagine.
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV