Rock, Theology Through Music

Melodious Theology: When Freedom Sounds Like Babbling Noise

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Illustrating the truths of Christianity through the power of music. 

One night I was listening to a local rock station who allows their listeners to come up with their seven song perfect playlist. I caught the tail end of one woman’s playlist and noticed an interesting trend through the last three songs—noise, chaotic and furious noise. Fun.’s “Be Calm”, Muse’s “New Born” and Last Tuesday’s “Become What You Believe” were brash, in your face, cacophonous songs that were unapologetic in producing noisy rock (listen below).




Like the Second Viennese School, Free Jazz and the “make music out of anything” composers of the mid-20th century, these songs put aside the tyranny of tonality and opened up their musical framework to pure musical freedom. The boundaries of culturally acceptable sound were eclipsed in order to allow freedom to reign supreme. But isn’t that what our prayer life is like, noisy requests of our will, ignoring God’s will for us? Which is one of the reasons Jesus had these harsh words for our prayers, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” (Matt. 6:7) Our freedom in prayer does not lie in our many cacophonous words, but in the quiet, secret places where we offer our praise and seek out God’s will. Let us not be noise in our God’s ear but harmoniously pray his will for our lives.