C is for Cacophony

1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
2. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
3. Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

A cacophony of voices was going on in my head while I sat in the theater on Braodway watching Rent on Saturday afternoon. Voices telling me that this subject matter was inappropriate, that I shouldn’t be sitting here watching it, that it was wrong that I was with one of my youth (and her mom) watching it. But the overriding voice in my head kept saying one thing, “This is life.” This is real, this is true, this is life. There are people for whom all of the things I was watching (and let me say, this is by no means the first time I’ve seen it – just the first time on Broadway) that this is what they are living. But there are people in my life who would tell me that it’s wrong to expose myself to this reality…yet I’m left to wonder, what would Jesus do?

I’m pretty sure I know.

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