The Good, The Bad, and The Opera
Posted: Tuesday, March 3
Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54
Verse of the day:
Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding. (Proverbs 10:23 )
It’s a common occurrence in Christian circles to hear the following conclusion. “Well, it can’t get much worse than this.” The phrasing varies but the idea is the same: goodness is disappearing and wickedness is increasingly prevalent. At these moments, I always want to recommend a few historical novels. But alas, history is boring, so let’s talk about opera (because who doesn’t love being yelled at in Italian for four hours).
In 1896, Puccini released one of his greatest compositions: LA BOHÉME “The Bohemian”. The plot circles around a troupe of artists who unashamedly choose to abandon responsibility and live for today. They skip out on paying rent, party with someone else’s money, and chase whichever relationships seem appealing at the moment. Sound familiar? You Only Live Once. YOLO!
This opera was famously restructured in the 90’s rock musical RENT. The plot is modernized, but the anthem is the same. “There’s only yes / Only tonight / We must let go / To know what is right / No other course / No other way / No day but today”
Here’s my thought: wickedness and goodness are as old as the earth. Every human who has walked this dirt has decided to live for the pleasures of today or cast their sights on deeper promises and greater rewards. “Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool and so is wisdom to a man of understanding.” Tomorrow is a better day with every human that chooses wisdom over foolishness. Live for tomorrow.
AND . . . when grandma starts talking about the ‘good-ole-days’, buy her a nice historical novel on the 1920’s flappers. AND (I’m really almost done) . . . if you need to hear something beautiful today, here’s an excerpt from LA BOHÉME.