Monday, November 01, 2004
Staffers Risk Exposure to Rock Music
Three ATI staff members--Eric, Matthew, and Jared--were on the road recently and decided to get a bite to eat. As they entered a local Applebee's, they were assaulted by the evil strains of rock music. The three stepped out immediately and huddled for a quick conference. "We were very hungry and this was the only restaurant available," said Eric.
After some discussion, Matthew re-entered the restaurant and asked the hostess to turn down the music. She refused, saying company policy prohibited her from adjusting the music on the basis of customer discomfort.
"We probably should have left right then," said Matthew, "but the turkey croissant looked delicious."
The young men continued talking over the problem until Jared pulled out his New Testament. "I just read this in my morning Wisdom Search," he said. "'Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.' Perhaps God is stronger than the rock music there in Applebee's!"
The three young men agreed to enter the restaurant while crying out for God's protection. After a brief prayer session, they went in, asked for a table, and sat down to eat.
"It was very difficult," said Eric. "We weren't prepared for the level of spiritual warfare. Every song was a new battle." Matthew fought floods of impure thoughts toward their waitress, while Jared was weighed down with depression. Each time they heard some especially evil lyrics, they encouraged each other with spoken blessings.
Back in their car after eating, the three young men prayed through the Stronghold Diagram, asking God to reclaim any ground that may have been surrendered to Satan through their exposure to rock music.
Talking about the experience later, the three were shaken. Jared made a commitment not to patronize restaurants with rock music. Matthew went straight to Bill Gothard's office and confessed the experience. Eric publicly asked the IBLP staff to forgive him for his poor example.
"I hope the Spirit of God is able to overcome our exposure to this music," he said.