>Keith Green died a bit over 28 years ago…not sure when he wrote the following, but surely still applies as a probing question for 2010:
“It seems to me that there are but few who really live with a passion for God, especially a passion just to be with Him. Today there is such a noise coming up before the throne of the Most High-the clamor of so-called praise, singing, and joyful shouting. But I wonder if the same people who love to sing and shout, loudly exclaiming the the praises of God, really have such an intense glory in their secret life with the Lord. When the meeting’s over and there’s no one there to listen except the only One who matters, do you still have that same passionate joy in your spirit, just to be alone with the Living God?”
>Twenty-eight years ago today, at the age of twenty-eight, on July twenty-eighth; Keith Green, his son Josiah, daughter Bethany, and a missionary couple and their children perished in a plane crash.
I vividly remember being in Kansas City, reading section three of the newspaper and seeing a little headline in the lower right hand corner of maybe page 3, “Christian Artist Killed In Plane Crash.”
I was stunned. Keith wrote music that ministered, rather than simply entertained. He wrote music that was Christ-centered, not Keith-centered. He wrote music that convicted rather than comforted.
If you are not familiar with him; get familiar (unless you want to subsist on a diet of typical “worship” cotton candy, fluffy junk) with him. Here’s a sample of his ministry…music/message:
>RATS! I’ll be preaching when this airs…I would still rather preach, but I hope there is a way to watch this after the fact…if you are familiar with Keith Greene, you won’t want to miss it. If you are not familiar with him, don’t miss it!
>As I woke way too early and couldn’t get back to sleep, I was walking outside and watched the sun rise in Pittsburgh. Just before that I startled, and was startled by, another blessing from the Lord as two deer walked out of a small patch of trees in the midst of a huge office complex.
As I pondered the deer and marveled at the sunrise, I began whistling a Keith Green tune…and now I youtubed it and share it with you. If you know Keith and the song, enjoy again; if this is an introduction, thank me later: