Five guitars were stolen a couple of weeks ago from Tom Petty and his band as they were preparing for a U.S. tour, and they are offering a $7500 reward for the return of the instruments. From a rock & roll viewpoint, I see no problem with this “theft,” because the rocker’s theme has always been “I’m free to do what I want any old time” (Rolling Stones), “It’s my life and I’ll do what I want” (The Animals), “You got to do what you want to do” (Mamas and Papas), and, “It’s your thing, do what you want to do” (Isley Brothers). At the 2003 MTV Awards show, Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aquilera stated the rock & roll philosophy with these memorable words: “We’re bored with the concept of right and wrong.” Whoever stole Petty’s guitars was merely being true to himself and to the rock & roll principle. Few things have done more to break down the moral fabric of society than the world of pop music and its licentious message, and if any music is detestable in God’s eyes, it has to be rock & roll. “Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Psalms 119:127-128).
(Friday Church News Notes, April 27, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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