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How Woodstock 50 Years Ago Explains Where We Are Today

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October 4, 2019 8:00 pm

How Woodstock 50 Years Ago Explains Where We Are Today

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October 4, 2019 8:00 pm

50 years ago in August 1969, just weeks after man set foot on the moon, a rock music festival know as “Woodstock” took place in upstate New York in a small town named Bethel. Nearly half a million young people descended on the town for three days of what would be an iconic event in American history.

PBS recently released a film entitled Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation. What took place at Woodstock that “defined a generation”? Why is this music festival, known for drug use and “free love”, considered to be “a handoff of the country between generations with far different values and ideals”? How does it help explain where we are today?...

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I'm given with the hope that our website is the Christian will thank you for joining us for another edition of the Christian worldview radio program talk about today. How would stock the music Festival 50 years ago this year explains where we are today, not 50 years ago it was in August 1969. It was just weeks after man American man first set foot on the moon that a rock music festival known as Woodstock took place in upstate New York in a small town called the Bethel interesting if the town Bethel house of God, nearly half a million young people descended on the town for three days of what would be an iconic event in American history in the public broadcasting system PBS recently recently released a film entitled Woodstock three days that defined a generation so what took place at Woodstock that defined a generation and why is this music Festival known for drug use." Free love considered to be a quote handoff of the country between generations with far different values and ideals. Unquote that's from the PBS preview on the film I handoff of the country between generations with far different values and ideals and what were those values and how are they different important question to ask and how does that help explain where we are today. So today the programmer and examine the impact of Woodstock on our culture and see how the sprigs the little grass blades that emerge from the ground back in 1969 how they broke the soil.

But those have become the full-grown weeds in full bloom today in our society. So over the summer I watch this the special on Woodstock and PBS is one of their American Express experience a special they do and it was a two hour special. You can find it online. I think it's if Vicki actually paid a watch announce a film, so I always like to watch these kind of things gives you an understanding of innocent things that happen in the past, how they are impacting life today and your moments in American history. If you're over 60 years old. You probably remember Woodstock because it was the really legendary event that took place in 1969.

If you're under 50 years old, probably just heard about it or maybe even seeing pictures of us were not talking about the Snoopy's body in the Peanuts cartoon today or talking about the, the music Festival. So the question is, is a plus some soundbites here. How could a disorganized overcrowded three day music festival without adequate sanitation ran out of food, no shelter during the rainstorms that was held in an mud filled field crop field in upstate rural New York. It was rife with hundreds of thousands of young people using drugs, overdosing on drugs. How can that be considered a seminal moment in the quote progress of American history that that's my question. As I watch this and learn more about it from the special on PBS how why is this why is this progress in in the way this whole thing went down and why was this such a momentous sense Weiser considered such a moment of progress in America was go to first the trailer from PBS on Woodstock three days that defined a generation that I do hear rumors that this thing more or less out of hand because no one knows the amount of tickets that were so we were going to realize my life and cemetery can process medical prizes considered as they said was a danger to the community and public health. In 1969 feeling finally winning some kind of young people rejecting one that everybody was feeling sick of their sound by hope you heard some of the things that were said in this trailer from PBS about Woodstock. We were finally they said finally starting to win the culture war. What culture war were they fighting against what was the culture war or the culture war at the time was the traditional America in the 50s and after having won World War II, when it was a prosperous good time in America. For most people, lease, of course, some with you and the whole racial problem in America was at a big negative on the country but this was and that was significant. Of course, but this was not just a guess that this was not not primarily a pushback against the the racial policies of the day. This was a pushback against two against the Christian worldview as they were called the patriarchy authority the church Christian values. That's what this was a pushback against they want to go their own way so fundamentally Woodstock was the, the tangible emergence of what we see in society today it's it's it's fundamentally a rejection of God and his word.

That's what Woodstock was about will get into how that was manifested. It was really the best man can do without God and will will cease, as some people do talk about it. That's really what they're saying without actually saying that sentence.

So in that sound, but we just heard it was when you were starting to win the culture war were rejecting the status quo we have to do things differently were there looking for answers were with other people who felt the same way we did it was the freedom of being who you were not feeling someone was going to judge you. Did you notice all those lines is the same exact things that are are said today we need change we need to be to freedom of who you are.

It's it's about being who you are, had take pride in who you are. These these lines are pulled right up 2019 today and so that that's the worldview behind Woodstock and so understanding the context I think is is really important as well to. There was, as they mentioned that soundbite there was a very indecisive poorly led war against the North Vietnam a communist North Vietnamese going in America. And so, were they taking lots and lots of casualties there's indecision at the highest ranks of the military and in the political leadership in this country and in instead of either getting in and winning the war are getting out and letting the communist takeover. They chose the middle right which is the bad route standing on the fence and so this was constantly being broadcast back to America. What are some of the other things that were going.

Alexi is a soundbite asking an AP documentary on Woodstock as well and this gives the idea of what they call this soup, but what was boiling in the soup that led to Woodstock and civil rights. Why they were young kids who are deeply misunderstood myself included by their parents, who are deeply threatened by birth control pills free love, sex, marijuana, the fact that kids didn't want to serve in the war it was a generational shift in the recognition that you were in the field with 1/2 a million people listen.

With point of view was profound for so many people that's exactly right. So the big question here is, and will get to this in a listener phone calls today.

This is a question without their what happened in the country. What changed to go from this was called the greatest generation that won World War II were the country came together and everyone pulled together to defeat Nazi Germany and the Japanese and the Russians and so forth. What happened in the country to go from this greatest generation that emerged in the late 40s and 50s to just 25 years later the next generation was basically in complete rebellion against traditional America traditional crowd even as a traditional Christian America because Woodstock was nothing about a thing Christian at all, was the opposite of that. What happened to go from the greatest generation. What was it permissive parenting was it that the church wasn't preaching the gospel. Was it just the. The default nature of mankind was that success and affluence. What was it that led from this greatest generation to go from this complete rebellion that took place at Woodstock. I wish I could show you the video. Of course you can't do than a radio but the video of never seen scenes from woodlot Woodstock. Now go on YouTube.

Take a few watch a few videos about what it was like it was just a disorganized, chaotic, rock music, drug laden, free love, sex Festival for three days a people and admiring around in mud at that's what it was and now it's consider the a seminal moment in American history." Progress so think about that question will get to that later in the program, so does the me give you a few facts before our first break on was not this just straight from Wikipedia. It was held. What Woodstock was held on a man name. Interesting enough max Yaz gears dairy farm in Bethel, New York. This was 43 miles southwest of Accu Woodstock New York so was not she held in Woodstock. The original plan was for it to be in a different town.

But once the town got wind of you how many people becoming they're expecting, like 20 to 50,000 people try to be over 400,000 people, with the town putting a regulation they would allow that.

And so they were scrambling to find another place at the last second and so the sky max Yaz there was a dairy farmer who's actually Republican.

He didn't see his worldview is not the same as this worldview of the Woodstock concert.

He offered to to rent a field of his dairy farms at the amphitheater for them to hold this this festival. So it was, it was see how was the build I want to read how that was billed. It was only it was billed as this and an Aquarian exposition three days of peace and music, attracting the audience of more than 400,000 people there were 32 acts that performed outdoors. Despite rain, the festival is become widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, and this is important as well as a defining event for the cultural counterculture generation and goes on and on and on with this media.

Read more after this is first break just to give you a sense of what actually took place. Another can think of Woodstock and is likely a music festival. There was a lot more to it than that will get to that today in the program will get to the worldview behind it. What is the tree out of things that really were the supporting world drivers of Woodstock, then your phone calls a lot more coming up today on the Christian worldview back after this there is an abundance of resources available in Christian bookstores and online sad reality is that many of them even some of the most popular do not lead to a sound and strong faith. The key aim of the Christian worldview is to identify and offer resources that are biblically faithful and deep in your walk with God in our online store. We have a wide range of resources for all ages, adult and children's books and DVDs, Bibles and devotionals, unique gifts and more so browse our and find enriching resources for yourself, family, friends, small group church. You can also order by calling our office toll-free at one AAA 646-2233. That's one AAA 646-2233 or visit the Christian world.or social justice is the gospel issue. This is become the mantra of many evangelicals rectifying perceived inequities of race, gender and sexuality, poverty, immigration, amongst others, is considered a top priority. But what exactly is social justice is working for social justice.

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This is from that AP documentary on Woodstock. Perhaps the most incredible event was, it was not music and art festival in New York's Catskill Mountains in late August. It was a gathering of the hippie element with leading rock performers. The advertised attraction promoted rented land from a dairy farmer and made plans for a turnout of 120,000 of the three day event by 400,000 of them now generation turned up.

They came by our drug bust and hitchhikers when traffic became hopelessly tangled. They traveled on foot.

Torrential rains turn the area into a swamp that was a shortage of food and sanitary facilities that no shelter except for makeshift tents, most not get close enough to the stage.

They have the performers the size of the throng made it impossible for the promoters of police. The gate drugs were so prevalent that one youngster said you could get hired just by breathing so is this progress for America was his regress for America and you know he try to put a happy spin on it sounds to me like it's regression not not progression. And so he mentioned in this the soundbite about how the organizers and back to the Wikipedia article here and this is brought out the PBS documentary that Woodstock was initiated through the efforts of four men for guys in their 20s. Michael Lang Artie Kornfield, Joel Rosenman and John Roberts. It was designed as a profit-making venture.

It became a quote free concert only after the event you hundreds of thousands more people than the organizers have perfect prayer prepared for. They had to change venues and then they realize why so many people are coming to had a choice he could do one of two things that you create fences around the venue so people have to pay to come to the gates to get in within the music stage wouldn't be built or the second option was to not build fences give good as walk-in and the music stage would be built so they had to one or the other because they are so out of time and so disorganized and they chose to build the musical stage and let everyone and who had bought prepaid tickets for free. Now this man who operated the site. Maxie asked her. He spoke at the event. How nearly half a million people spent three days with music and peace in their minds. He stated quote. If we join them. We can turn those adversities that are the problems of America today into a hope for a brighter and more peaceful future and III fail to see how this events and what this event represented offers a brighter and more peaceful and hopeful future for America that that's why I could never understand that any reasonable person.

Look at this and think this is a bunch of young people, hundreds of thousands young people on drugs, free sex, rebellious music getting together it in the mud overcrowded no sanitation, no food that this is the hope for America and in and I just couldn't get it now.

They had some of the top musicians of of the day there.

If you're you're older you recognize some of these are joined by a dozen Creedence Clearwater revival in Santana and the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, and Jefferson airplane Crosby stills and Nash and the guitarist Jimi Hendrix by the way, Jimi Hendrix at this at this point, his life was in his 20s was considered probably one of the greatest rock guitarist of all times, legendary figure, he would die the next year of an overdose of drugs on England so this was the culture taking place at the time. So what was Woodstock really about why mentioned that it was really ultimately about a rebellion against God and and really anyone in authority it was that it was, I want to do what I want to do. I want to be free of all constraint. I don't want anyone telling me how to live my life. I don't want anyone telling me I should wait until marriage to to be involved sexually. I don't want anyone telling me I can't take drugs and rock 'n' roll's.

The fuel that inspires me to live the way and so it's that triad you've all heard sex drugs and rock 'n' roll that really meant were were manifested of what one understand Woodstock understand those three things. Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll going back or starting with the rock 'n' roll aspect of it music had gone through a big change in this country you back in the 30s and 40s you had gone for more classical and big-band, of course, jazz was emerging to yes but it really changed from more bid Big Bang music to rock music with Elvis Presley Elvis Presley came in the 50s and he completely changed music.

He sexualized music and so now you coming to the 60s the 60s all the everything going on in the culture radicalized music. So not only was it sexualized, but it also had a had a humanistic, spiritually rebellious tone do it. It was a political statement. Some the 60s music music changed and if you think music is a moral like there's no real existing L music is music.

And while Matt maybe if the words say one thing rather than another is that there's not really a morality music you're really grossly underestimating the power of music working-class soundbite here in a second to show that music was the glue music was the fuel is almost like a drug. If you will that that was the unifying elements around Woodstock music is more influential by the way, then even the written word. I think in some cases, or even that the spoken word because music engages more of us than just the mind and the intellect it engages the the emotions in the will, and it stirs us in the book of Psalms is was was a songbook for the Jews. It's it's a powerful moving force music is and so the music of that day by Jimi Hendrix and Janet all the musicians I mention promoted this this antiauthoritarian anti-God worldview would inspire the rebellion. It was like a drug itself. It it just just fed the crowd and this is exactly what it said to see where is that soundbite them yet here you go. I hear again from the AP documentary talking about how the how big the music had on the people.

Young people were trying to get old people to understand how they felt and the music at that time was a great source of trying to figure out how young people felt so the music was a great source. This was the unifying element. There were no music at L@Woodstock. No one would've come. It was the music why they came. That's why, reverse the triad.

That's what that there were rock 'n' roll ultimately represents is rebellion rebelling against against God and his word and that's why it's so dangerous.

By the way in. In my personal opinion I give my opinion on this. Why the church has really I think on way too far with with the style taking the world music and trying to Christianize it. Bringing the church. You still can't get away even if you change the words to rock music and the kind of music today. You cannot get away from what the what the actual just the rhythm and the music communicates and what it does to someone physically and emotionally.

And so what was sown back then back at Woodstock has reaped today. A musical culture that is 10 times at least more bombastic and graphic them back then. It is as rebellious as the rock 'n' roll music was back then.

It is exponentially greater today and has even a deeper influence. It's like you. You reap what you sow. Right so you sold that back then things print progress so to speak. Now you have what you have today I want to read a passage from Exodus chapter 32 right after this next break. That really I think when I saw this Woodstock Festival what the scene look like the mass of people in the music and what was taking place. The dancing in the nakedness in the skinny-dipping thing going on around this particular Festival.

He really reminded me what Moses and Joshua saw as they came down from the mountain.

When God had given them the 10 Commandments a minute read that passage, I think there's a real connection. There is a really what happened at Woodstock in the hearts of men was really nothing new. That's been the heart of man forever.

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There we were talking about how the elements of Woodstock rock 'n' roll drugs and sex.

The reverse of the typical headset sex drugs and rock 'n' roll were really the defining elements of what this was about. Fundamentally, although things are rejection of God and his word, and so we saw that that the music powerfully was the uniting inspirational force that was promoting what they wanted to do the sin they wanted to do. That's what it was promoting. It was a rejection of authority and again not all government authority is it is good to can be used for bad purposes, but that this was we want to go around what we want to go we want we want.

That's ultimately what's what's in the heart of man.

We don't want to be in the accountability of God, and that's what Woodstock represented and so what was sown back then is in is and totally radicalized today with regards to music and so looking at the scene at Woodstock with the music and the people and so forth.

It just reminded me of probably a similar scene to what Moses saw as he came down from Mount Sinai with the, the 10 Commandments for the first time it says Nexis 32 now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain there down there thinking you don't work you have to go with the 10 Commandments he's been gone a long time. The people assembled about errant Moses brother and said to him, make us a God who will go before assess for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt. We do not know what has become of him and Aaron said to them, tear off the gold rings which are in the ears and of your wives, your sons and your daughters and bring them to me that all the people turn off the gold rings which are in their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took them from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made into a molten calf and they said this is your God, oh Israel. You, who brought you up from the land of Egypt up quickly.

We can be deceived. How quickly we can be deceived as as people to to think, to have seen what took place to have seen what took place in and the Exodus out of Egypt to what happened so quickly. They are already lost touch with God and so willing to worship.

This is in Harpers. We are so prone to wander, no Aaron saw this, he built an altar before the calf and Aaron made a proclamation said. Tomorrow shall be a feast of the Lord.

So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings and here's an interesting phrase in the people sat down to eat into drink and they rose up to play and if you look at this phrase. What it means is a means a carnival festival atmosphere with the lascivious sinful element to it in the sense of dancing and music and sex in these kinds of things.

This is what this led to descended to regress to in the Lord spoke to Moses was up on the mountain.

Is this go down at once for your people whom you brought up from the land of Egypt where they done.

They have corrupted themselves have corrupted themselves.

They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them they have made for themselves a molten calf and have worshiped it and have sacrificed it to and said this is your God of Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, the Lord said to Moses, I have seen this people. Behold their and obstinate people now then let me alone that my anger may burn against them, that I may destroy them and I will make of you a great nation, then skip for diverse 15 Exodus chapter 32 Moses comes down the mountain with Joshua and here's what happens. Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain and the two tablets of the testimony that the 10 Commandments were in his hand, tablets that were written on both sides. There written on one side and the other tablets were God's work to. Here's God's word written by God in stone in his hand. He got most of walking down the mountain to see people who are rejecting what Moses had was carrying in his hands on that one moment when Joshua is assistant so to speak.

Moses assisted the time heard the sound of the people in the camp as they shouted. He said to Moses there sound of war in the camp just without there was a war going on like they were killing each other. A Civil War, but he said Moses said it is not the sound of the cry of triumph nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat, but the sound of singing I hear, and it came about as soon as Moses came near the camp that he saw the calf and the dancing in new and Moses anger burned any through the tablets from his hands and shatter them at the foot of the mountain. He took the calf which they have made and burned it with fire and ground it to powder and scattered over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it and then skipping out of verse 25. No one. Moses saw that the people were out of control for Aaron had let them get out of control to be a derision among their enemies and this is this scene coming down. You can his picture that seen Moses and Joshua coming down and seeing the camp.

Hundreds of thousands of Israelites would just come out of Egypt corrupting themselves through the music, the dancing to idol worship.

The illicit sexual immorality. This was the similar scene that was taking place in 1969 in what Woodstock that was the launching point for where our culture is today. I don't think it's hard to understand that what took place at Woodstock, how it regress to where we are today in America were all the things taking place there. Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll has only advanced. That's the way things go. Once the court" genie is out of the bottle. It only tends to spread because you have willing sinful hearts. We have sinful hearts and our hearts want to go the wrong way and when it's almost an approved by society. Laws are made in approval of sin, it just expands and and and continues to leaven the society back to that question I asked really milk of the phone lines now is what changed her what happened so that we went from a Christian. Traditionally Christian America faculty in the 40s and 50s, much more so to all the sudden the. The worldview of Woodstock and then where it's progressed today, given answers that question. What change maybe even some of the older members of our listening audience to be able to answer that, who lived through that particular time there lived through the 40s and 50s know what happened.

What was it that you what was really just the Vietnam War is protesting the war, or something else at work I in society that led to what emerged that was stuck to what we have today are stealth toll-free telephone number and studio is 1-877-655-6755 is 1-877-655-6755 at the studio number not her office number 1-877-655-6755 Noah Bob is getting a few of you up on the the call screening board, we discover quickly those final two points. We had rock 'n' roll drugs and sex all fundamentally rejection of God's word, the drug aspect of it was just completely rife with drugs at Woodstock like the guy mentioned in the in the bit you couldn't walk around and breathe air without getting high near the point of taking drugs is to make yourself just simply said, make yourself feel better. In other words, be that the sober reality regular life without an altered state. Maybe some pain, emotional pain you're feeling. It is just uncomfortable for you and alter your state is if you, the point is you are you are unhappy in your own skin.

You are a you are unsettled in just the present reality so you take drugs and back the time back then was mainly LSD and marijuana and they had what was called freaked out tents at Woodstock were peopled overdosed going there and try to be rescued is over. There is really a miracle that more people didn't die for, how much drug use was going on. So this was purposely to to alter their state from the unhappiness and the lack of fulfillment or soul or sense of life mission they felt inside. And this is exactly what Ephesians 5 says you look at the comparison Ephesians 5 chapter of verse 18, or says don't be drunk with wine, you can probably add don't get high with drugs for that is dissipation, but be filled with the spirit. In other words, you're either you're there, filled with the Holy Spirit as a believer or you're going to be filled with some other kind of spirit. When you take alcohol or take drugs. You can't be filled. This book both. You can't be having your spirit altered with alcohol or drugs and be led by the Holy Spirit for a lot of people here in this Woodstock unregenerate people not filled the Holy Spirit taking drugs. All of a sudden, now you're completely filled with a a different spirit okay before go on to the only thing is that by the say to say that what emerge back then the drug culture that look or we are today. Now marijuana is being legalized everywhere you have state after state is legalizing marijuana in this country, not just for medicinal uses. By the way, have don't have much problem with with that we take drugs to to stop paying that their prescribed is the recreational legalization of marijuana that is is taking place all over the country today opioid death painkillers. People take this for more than pain to escape. Once again, to make themselves feel better.

They don't want to be in sober reality were not right with God or not it will never and we never can be settled until we are right with the relit with the creator who made us is the opioid opiates.

The deaths are pandemic across this country for those kinds of things alright let's go before we get to the last part of that Triad. The sexual morality must go first to David in South Dakota. Welcome to the Christian world viewed David what you think happened that changed from 40s and 50s America turned into Woodstock you know in my family I see part of that when my uncles came back from World War II. The alcoholism.abuse they don't treat the posttraumatic stress like we do now. They were trying to now it was just shellshocked and I know they're very abusive their alcoholics and I think their indecision all of it. This isn't the whole excuse but I sent it had a factor in their that I located even you know uncles David, thank you for your call. That's an interesting I never really thought about that the trauma of World War II led I'm sure some of those returning veterans probably not be able to be good parents. Permissive parents, children got away. Maybe there are two authoritarian interesting to think about. Of course no one answer.

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That is a topically discussing for the full hour based on a PBS documentary Iraqi with film called three days that defined a generation on Woodstock and I think it really did define the generation and beyond that, it really impacted where we are today in America. So we talked about the. The that the triad of sex drugs and rock 'n' roll going backwards through thing that rock 'n' roll was that the glue that the inspirational source that brought it all together in the drug use and then finally that the sexual immorality aspect of it. Mention the soundbites about birth control pill and free love to talk about and throwing off biblical restraints be with whom you want to be with. Be who you are. Made it it's really it's is not hidden. You don't let as maybe sexual morality was in in the previous time in American business REIT is open shame. Just in the open, let it all hang out and so what was sown back then is what we what we are reaping today, one from sexual morality of that time to four years later, the legalization of abortion. Of course, the birth control pill 1973 Roe V Wade 60 million babies have now been aborted.

Since then, no-fault divorce, living together before marriage, homosexuality, now of the outright promotion of of transgender is him and and if you disagree.

Today will you're the bigot you're the crazy crazy one. So what is happening today since the time of Woodstock.

You people call themselves progressives, their all for what happened at Woodstock to where we are today. This is not progression. According to the word of God. This is regression. This is going away from God. The God rejecting spirit that was at Woodstock.

Is it just more widespread. Today is not just some hippies that it will hundreds of thousands of hippies back then. It's really the mainstream. Today you hear and the politicians on the left and there is a real battle this is this is a in a full out war burning like an inferno in this country at this point, not some isolated music Festival back in 1970 have a few other 1969 have a few other comments on this. I want to get to one more call Rand in Texas.

Thank you. Calling the Christian review today what you think changed in America to go from the 40s and 50s generation have considered a high point mostly in American history to where it came in Woodstock and were surprised today what changed all ministry agree with you completely will all the money but I would add to that list drug rock 'n' roll, a lady by the name of Madeline Murray O'Hare, $63 sale practically was responsible for the removal of Christian prayer, public schools lit the bottles being removed and the lit and commandments. She playboy in my opinion for over God haters pagans to pursue their war against Christianity, and I'll think my Memorial here and people lock her or she go to law her or no longer an atheist, but God is male.

She definitely might dip in on our bike. You ran thank you for your call.

I think there's probably lots of reasons. By the way, there's never not necessarily one silver bullet that does point to one thing that's why the country changed because of one person, but it is it's it's a Lotta factors or previous caller mentioned, you know, maybe some of the veterans who came back from World War II were so traumatized by this horrible war that we fortunately one that they came back and they just weren't prepared and reenter society and be parents and raise kids the way they should be just part of it than what Rand was just just saying the influence of you know, the emergence of atheism and the legal cases that took place in the school, taking the tent.

The law taking because word out of the schools prayer in school all these different things and I'm sure factors, but I think there's another factor that I thought about to answer that question is that this is when media is particularly television came into popularity. People all of a sudden had television sets in their living rooms and so now what was taking place in certain pockets around the country, more or less a liberal pockets liberal ideas humanistic worldview Elvis Pressley on television, the Beatles, that kind of thing. This all of a sudden was disseminated to a very, very broad number of people were previously.

It couldn't be done. And so when that started to take place. All of a sudden, people were were that's how I think another. There were given an excuse inside themselves the state. That's what I want to be. I think it it helped at least at least catalyze this this rebellion that was taking place in this country. Maybe that's not the gun. The single factor behind it but at least certainly contributed to accelerating Rick's tolerating it in the country. Article from Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas recently said we are seeing a cultural jihad in America is a holy war jihad against people with traditional values no longer are we people who have a traditional view or conservative you are a Christian view. We are people who have a view that is utterly unacceptable. In today's increasingly leftist culture, so I'll just say that what they only play one final sound, but because what they were aiming for in Woodstock is something that Christians already have that we need to be more intent about sharing this good news we have here is what Woodstock wanted. There was no merchandise combined. There were no sponsors and we have drinks it turned out there were no bathrooms, no cell phones.

It was people being together in environment loving, often each other. Loving the music, which was the glue that brought them there and loving being a part of a shared community that had an idea that they wanted a different kind of world that they wanted to live in. It is an abbreviated way of describing a gathering that's peaceful and loving in which nothing untoward happens happens spontaneously want to be loved. We want to be loved. We want to have community. We want peace we want help.

Everyone wants that no one wants to to be in conflict all the time and feel terrible inside of themselves and be a loner and so forth. God didn't create us to be that way in Woodstock was a cheap imitation of what God's intention is for us. This intention, the things they were mentioning that sound by yoga community and a loving that's what the church should be like. That's what Christians we should be like we should be loving one another and have that community and so forth. That's how life can be good and even in our fallen world. But when we reject God and his word. If we reject the purpose for which you you created us to be in relationship with him and to glorify him well. This is were descends into a cheap imitation in the wrong headedness of a Woodstock so we better be. We better watch and are culture of today this this full bloom of Woodstock's in bloom today in our culture we better watch our own hearts and our families. We need to be pursuing holiness. The church should be preaching this great message of love and hope that you can have real be really loved and you really can have hope and community for being in a right relationship with God and being engaged with a body of believers rather than focusing so much on accommodating the culture we offer something different and that's what God does in his word.

Thank you for joining us for this program you can hear that the replay of it at our website the Christian world we do live in a changing and challenging America think Woodstock makes it very clear that things change then and they've certainly changed today, but there is one thing we can always count on and trust in Jesus Christ and his word are the same yesterday today and forever.

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