Let’s imagine you’re in high school. (Sorry to give you flashbacks to failed algebra exams or being picked last in gym class or whatever, but it must be done.)
The administration at Generic Washington High School has decided they want a school song. It’ll be played in the halls during passing periods every day and sung at graduations and sports events, and it will also determine the theme of the special assemblies and programs throughout the year. Being the progressive sort, they let the students vote between two controversial options.
Song A is an odd combination of feel-good self-esteem messages and obscenities. Its lyrics champion respect and love for all and everyone’s right to claim their own destiny and control their own fate, along with a peppering of mystical phrases and repeated uses of the f-word.
Song B is raw in a different way. While it often mocks others and turns into an us vs. them screed for one verse, the chorus affirms belief in God and values like courage and responsibility. Weirdly, the music video both objectifies women and randomly flashes Bible verses across the screen.
A school-wide convocation is called where the vote is explained and students get to hear both songs. The principal mentions that you can write in your own song or start a grassroots campaign for another option, but the school isn’t going to endorse any except their chosen two, and teachers won’t be allowed to promote any others.
The school board decides that each homeroom will vote for a song, then send their teacher to a council to vote only for the winner of the majority vote in their room. Besides that, senior classes get four votes, juniors three, sophomores two, and freshmen one, because why not make things more complicated?
So, imagine you have a small group of Christian friends who attend Generic Washington. (Some of the following scenarios apply if you’re not a Christian, but that’s the crowd I’m mainly talking to right now.) You’re all discussing what you should do. (more…)