David Cloud versus Bob Dylan

In today’s edi­tion of the Fri­day Church News Notes, David Cloud implies that Bob Dylan, undoubt­ed­ly one of the best song­writ­ers of the past cen­tu­ry, made a deal with Satan, the prince of this world, to become a famous rock star.

Cloud cites what Dylan said in an inter­view: “It goes back to that des­tiny thing. I made a bar­gain with it a long time ago, and I’m hold­ing up my end.” When asked what the bar­gain was, Dylan replied that it was “to get where I am now”; when asked who the bar­gain was with, Dylan answered, “With the chief com­man­der … on this earth and the world we can’t see.” 

While Cloud admits that Dylan could refer to a pact with God, he breaks free of rea­son and says that the deal must have been with Satan because the style of music Dylan plays would nev­er have been part of a pact with God. To quote Cloud, “The only ‘god’ that will make a man a rock and roll star is the ‘god of this world’ (2 Cor. 4:4), ‘the prince of the pow­er of the air, the spir­it that now wor­keth in the chil­dren of dis­obe­di­ence’ (Eph. 2:2).”

As is typ­i­cal, no Bible vers­es are giv­en to sup­port the claims that any genre of music is inher­ent­ly evil, and Cloud seems either obliv­i­ous to or will­ful­ly igno­rant of the fact that Dylan has released three gospel albums, seems to pro­fess Christ as sav­ior, and has even pref­aced con­certs with sermons.

Like it or not, this makes Dylan part of “our camp,” and as he is in such a posi­tion, we should try him, whether he be of God. This requires right­eous judg­ment, not genre-prejudice.

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Rick Beckman