Little Tipper

You can’t please all the people all the time. After a very successful Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk, I received a complaint about the music played over the loudspeakers during the event. A parent objected to the songs that contained references to sex and drugs. She wrote “instead of using that local radio station,” we should play songs appropriate for an event attended by children who are trying to follow Christ.

It is true that popular music is full of references to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and it has been for generations. We played a “Now That’s What I Call Music” disc, which contains songs that have been edited to remove profanity. It doesn’t require much imagination to fill in the blank and guess what word is missing. Plus, there are words such as “sex” that may not be deleted because they’re not the A-word, the B-word, the C-word, the D-word, the F-word, the G-word or the H-word (I couldn’t think of any E-words).

Star 102.1 (a/k/a “that local radio station”) provided Catholic Charities with a significant amount of free air time to promote the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk. The listeners of one of the most popular secular radio stations had the opportunity to hear about the good works of Columbus Home Children’s Services over the airwaves and in-person at the Walk. Star 102.1 listeners also provide Catholic Charities clients with thousands of dollars worth of Christmas gifts during the radio station’s Adopt-a-Family program each December. It’s another opportunity to “preach” the message of Christianity to a secular audience.

The fans of that radio station and of current music turned out in droves on Sunday to support Columbus Home. Once they arrived at the Walk, they saw families who were setting an example of good Christian living by doing charitable works. They also heard the popular music they enjoy every day.

While it is true that popular music has always contained many vulgar references, I take solace in the words of Jesus: “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” (Mark 7:15).

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