The parable of the electric guitar, by Pastor John Van Sloten, New Hope Church Calgary.
Where is God's truth in the cultural product of an electric guitar? What do the stories of Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White uniquely reveal about who God is?
"So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it."
Genesis 1:27-28, TNIV
"Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes."
Genesis 4:20-22, TNIV
"In the bible God cursed the ground so that man will always have to work hard. Whether you're a farmer, a carpenter, a guitar player or whatever it is, you have to fight these man-made materials."
Jack White, It Might Get Loud
"They are each trying to speak through their guitars in different ways, one the techie (Edge), one who is pure emotion (Jack), and the craftsman (jimmy)... I like the image of very different people with similar passions expressing themselves in completely unique ways (i.e. Edge is more like and engineer/scientist, Jack artist/poet, Jimmy architect/craftsman)."
New Hoper, Bevin Wirzba
"It's the music that tells us the direction the song should go. As writers we start with the feeling and everything follows from that."
The Edge, It Might Get Loud
"First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
Genesis 1:1-3, MSG