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Friday, January 11, 2008

Tangled Up In Blue

There was a special on PBS the other day about Bob Dylan. It had all this footage of concerts and interviews from when Dylan was just a very young man – just starting out in the music mainstream. He was very political; I was not aware how very political. I have heard there are a lot of things about his shenanigans as a young man that were very bad, but the program was not about that – it was about his performance persona. I have always enjoyed Dylan’s music. I know he has an odd voice and that some people find his vocals grating, but I think his style has a certain charm.

As John and I watched these interviews and performances we were struck by what a neat person he was – how unique! .. and so very creative and talented. God made him that way. I was thinking about how each person has their own unique personality and presence. God made each human being, saved and unsaved, with beauty. Yes, we are sinful creatures, but we are all made in the image of God and there is intrinsic beauty in that. Some He made very unique and gifted with talents that bless others. Talented/gifted artists and musicians are some of those.

We, as Christains should not be afraid to recognize that unsaved people have a beauty as they reflect the image of God. When I was first a believer, I hung around with a very cantankerous older fellow who constantly saw the bad in everyone around him. For a time this attitude filled my thoughts too. I remember we would be in a restaurant with several people at a table. He would talk about the unsuspecting people at other tables. He would comment on what kind of people, being sinners, which they were. I remember him looking at an older woman across the room one time and whispering under his breath, “I know how they are… with their blue hair.” I thought it was kind of a funny statement and I sorta chuckled, but at the same time, I thought, “How does he know how that woman is? She may be the godliest person in this restaurant.”

Over the following years, as I evaluated my own attitude towards others, I came upon a way of looking at the unsaved that has really helped me to love and respect them as I think honors God. I try to see them as they could be if they knew the Lord. I try to imagine their faces alight with wonder at the Person of Christ. It is a motivator for evangelsim.

When I was watching Bob Dylan perform as a young man and talk to the interviewers, I thought about this interesting creation of God: “I wonder what he would be like as a saved man?” There is some question as to what Dylan's saved/unsaved status is now. I have two albums the vocals of which sound very much as those from the heart of a convert, but I don’t know him personally, so I cannot really opine.

God created these people all around us, friends. He loves them... no matter what our theology says. I think He sees them as they could be too – if they were born from above. He knows just how they would be. He loves them. Their beauty is a a reflection of His person. Anything beautiful in man is there because it is a reflection of the One who is altogether beautiful. God protects that. Yes the righteousnesss of man is as filthy rags, but we mustn’t look at the unsaved as rotting flesh. They are made in the image of God.

Thank God for His creation - and for His recreation - of those who are made in His image.


  • A covert christian...how interesting.

    By Blogger Jim, at 1/11/2008 12:21 PM  

  • coNvert

    Is that all you have to say?

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/11/2008 1:18 PM  

  • A thoughtful post.

    I like the vocals in his early albums, but his voice seemed to deteriorate in the later stuff. I am not keen on post-Sixties Bob Dylan.

    He does not seem to show many signs of having a very active faith. Maybe he has 'dead faith', a faith that was once alive?

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/11/2008 1:45 PM  

  • He is a poet.
    Yes, perhaps his faith is dead. If he had true faith and now it is dead, we can ask him when we meet him in heaven what happened. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/11/2008 3:23 PM  

  • Never been a Dylan fan, but I do hope he has genuinely trusted Christ at some time & that if his faith is indeed dead or dying, that it will be revitalized!

    Y'all are such fun.

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 1/11/2008 6:38 PM  

  • As a teenager in the 60s I grew up on Dylan like most of his stuff until I met Jesus in the 70s. I thought that his late 70s "conversion" with those Vineyard folks in Hollywood seemed a bit weird at best.. like David I hope that his faith is genuine.

    By Blogger Kansas Bob, at 1/11/2008 7:24 PM  

  • What a wonderful post, Rose. This is a great example of how we should view the lost. Being created in the image of God is where each person's worth lies (I wrote a brief post on this a few days ago).

    By Blogger Jonathan Moorhead, at 1/11/2008 8:19 PM  

  • Rose,

    How is your face coming along since the bite??

    By Anonymous Face Healer, at 1/12/2008 2:34 PM  

  • Amen and good post, Rose. I have been working very hard lately to think positively about others. I find it very hopeful to remember that God was our creator and He was pleased with His creation. I imagine He looks at us all in the same way - "What could that one be with faith? Let's give her a chance!"

    By Blogger Missy, at 1/12/2008 7:40 PM  

  • "face healer"???
    Who is that? :~)

    Yes, my face is fine, (but not if you ask my younger brother - haha)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/12/2008 8:17 PM  

  • Hi David,
    Yes, I hope so too.

    I wish I could read some about that. Do you have any idea where I could? I was just going by a couple of his albums.

    Thanks for the visit. I commented on your blog and I see you answered my question. I am busy but hopefully will get back to that.

    Hello Missy!
    Yes, we all need help with our attitudes, don't we? Thanks for the visit. Thank God for his mercy and grace.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/12/2008 8:20 PM  

  • Might want to google "Bob Dylan Vineyard" and see what you get. might be a book or two out there as well.

    Happy Sunday Rose!

    By Blogger Kansas Bob, at 1/13/2008 8:38 AM  

  • Blood on the Tracks, best Dylan album.

    Your comment about the believer who constantly had problems with others reminds me of Titus 1:15. Seems to me Paul is saying pure people wouldn't be able to find so much impurity in others. Interesting verse when you think about "Christianity's" propensity to find evil everywhere.

    By Blogger jeff, at 1/14/2008 8:19 AM  

  • No! 'Blonde on Blonde' is the best Dylan album.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/14/2008 9:49 AM  

  • Rose, are you feeling argumentative today?

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/14/2008 9:49 AM  

  • Thanks for visiting, Jeff.
    I am sure I like that album as well as the one Matthew likes. :~)

    Titus 1:15
    15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

    Interesting thoughts in reference to my old frined. I don't see him anymore - he was too hateful. He actually did lead me to the Lord, though, and for that I thank God.


    You are opinionated about this!
    No, I am not especially argumentative today or else I would post on Calvinism or LS. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/14/2008 10:19 AM  

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