This is a follow up piece to my post “So Much Hokum”.
In that post I stated my beliefs on the modern day necromancers. I likened them to sideshow carnival hucksters. My reasoning was simple.
They use their so called “gift” for only one thing, and it’s not the betterment of all mankind. It’s for profit, plain and simple. It’s to make money off of emotional and vulnerable people.
In the previous post I cited a passage from the Old Testament, Daniel 2:27-30.
These verses tell the story of how Daniel had a gift from God yet never asked for a fee.
Daniel wasn’t one of the professional wizards, soothsayers, or necromancers that King Nebuchadnezzar employed in his court. Those guys were the successful carnies of their day.
After posting “So Much Hokum” someone very close to me read the post and then asked me this question: “Do you consider your ability, your talent to play drums a gift?”
I answered yes.
They then followed up my response with this question: “Then why do you use this gift for profit?”
I was a bit tongue tied when I immediately tried to defend myself. But as I collected my thoughts my response became clear.
First off throughout my entire career as a musician saying I used my gift for “profit” was a bit of a stretch.
The meager income I made from playing drums always went towards basic necessities for survival. It was used to buy basic food, housing, clothing, utilities, transportation (if I even had any), etc. And that was if I had anything left over after paying for gas (if I had a car) to and from the gig, drum heads, sticks and food at the gig.
Setting that explanation aside I understood the point this person was trying to make.
But what came to mind next was my counterpoint.
Now these so called psychics of the today’s world, these really good hucksters, they certainly want for nothing other than more attention and more money.
Let’s look at some verses from the New Testament.
These verses tell the story of when Christ sent out the disciples with the gift of healing, a true and honest gift.
They could have made big money. They could have hired a marketing firm, a PR guy, a booking agent, and a tour manager. They could have had a full blown tour caravan and become the biggest pop sensation of their time.
But what does Christ tell them?
And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
He tells them take nothing, not even a second set of clothing. For Christ knows that God will provide them with what they need to survive and be comfortable. Not a luxury kind of comfortable but a basic, food, a dry and warm place to sleep and surrounded by good people kind of comfortable.
If these modern day hucksters honestly had this “gift” that they profess to have, and haven’t simply refined the art of manipulation and preying on the emotionally vulnerable, they like the disciples would ask for nothing.
As to my “gift”, I guess I may struggle with what this person asked me. Maybe most days or nights when the gig is over and I still have another two or three hours until I’m packed up, drive home and unpack, and then get handed my pay, well maybe at that point when I see what I make I realize I really am giving it away.
Trying to not sound self-righteous, at least I’m honest about what I am doing. No smoke and mirrors here.
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