Awesome is the only word I can think of in describing a Christmas celebration I attended yesterday. It was indeed a worship service (although some there might not have realized it) involving loud rock, long hair, and shooting jets of fire. The enlightened readers will immediately perceive that I speak of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra or “TSO.”
In the midst of the lasers and fireballs and dueling electric violins, I was struck by a verse from Ecclesiastes. While The Preacher might not have intended it to be used this way, it was nonetheless compelling:
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has already been,
in the ages before us.
Eccl. 1:9-11 (NRSV, emphasis mine)
While there is nothing new under the sun, many try to disguise the ways in which their creations are indebted to another. Continue reading