Last weekend at a Lead Now conference, a music video was played when we first arrived. It was a Jars of Clay song entitled “Headphones”. I could have stood up after that song, left and felt that it was sufficient. It spoke exactly what I needed to hear.
Sweet conviction. Refreshing refinement. Lord have your way.
The video was filmed in Dallas of a man sitting down to watch the news. At the sights & sounds of the tragedy he stands to leave, putting his headphones on.
He walks down the street, passing a homeless man on the corner. The homeless man looks up at him, hungry & needy with anticipation and hope that maybe this man will be the one to reach out. The man looks away, passing the homeless man while eating his snickers bar, headphones on.
A little further in his walk a young boy sits alone on the curb holding a football. Clearly hoping for a friend, a father, a hand to reach out and love him. The self-absorbed man looks away, consumed with his music & his life… with his headphones on.
On the bus he sits across from a hurting lady. He knows He should offer hope. He wants to offer a word, a touch, some love… But his headphones are on. It’s easier to just drown it out. It’s easier to “pull the curtain down”.
Do I live life with my headphones on? It’s easier many times to decide I don’t want to hear it. I can drown it out and go on with my life.
But is that what we are called to? Did Christ die to give us comfy lives, free from suffering, secluded from the oppressed & hurting?
Suffering is difficult to look at. But it’s all over the Bible. To turn my nose to it is to turn my nose to the heart of Christ.