I know this might be a touchy subject, especially for those with thousands of illegally downloaded praise songs on your iPods. But, I will be blunt. Stealing is stealing. The LA Times has an article on this subject that shows how in this area of piracy, Christians do not shine. Pirating Songs of Praise.
In a Times entertainment poll this summer, teens were asked about downloading songs from an unauthorized file-sharing network. Among those who identified themselves as religious (of any faith), 63% said they would never do it. Among teens who did not describe themselves as religious, it was a similar proportion at 61%.
That survey [Barna Group] found that about 1 in 10 born-again Christian teens believe it is morally wrong to take and share songs. The ones who do have second thoughts often said that they felt the religious connection the music provided them made it all less objectionable.
The thing that amazes me is how some view it as "less objectionable" to download music about their faith than other music. Really, this says a lot about our sense of entitlement. We want a product, as Christians, and do not want to pay for it. This is why there are some who "church shop" and attend three or more fellowships but never invest in those churches relationally or financially. And, some of us who are in church leadership actually make it easy to do this.
OK. Are you going to delete illegal songs off your iPod today?