Recently over on the Reformation 21 blog, Carl Trueman mentioned his excitement over an upcoming reunion concert of the 3 remaining members of Led Zeppelin. Those who keep up with his blog know that as an Englishman he has an affinity for several of the big British bands that helped define rock music as we know it.
Well, someone has, in an irenic spirit, questioned Carl’s ability as a believer to legitimately justify his indulgence into such worldly music. And Carl has given the same set of answers I have tried to give here and here.
Here’s the summary of each of his points:
1. There is the general question of Christianity and non-Christian culture. I think that the Bible certainly seems to grant non-Christian culture a legitimacy…most [of] us just enjoy certain things and that, in principle, is not sinful. I would see it as part of God’s goodness, part of `common grace.’
2. Next, there is the question of music. Again, I don’t think that music which is not specifically sacred is necessarily sinful.
3. Then there is the question of rock music…consistency really requires a rejection of all non-Christian culture, from cooking recipes to cars — for anything produced by someone in rebellion against God.
4. This brings me to the specific case of LZ. The case against them would be that their music promotes anti-Christian values. This again is complicated…Now, I don’t want to make out that LZ are believers or that there work is biblical in the strict sense; but the music and lyrics are not, on the whole, the moral nightmare which critics think.
I hope that this teases you enough to go read the whole thing and get the full explanation. He does a good job.