I found myself bewildered, confused, and utterly heartbroken after the tragedy that happened at the Travis Scott “Astroworld Music Festival” in Houston last Friday.
If this is the first you’re hearing of this, the rapper, Travis Scott, who is most well known for being the father of Kylie Jenner’s daughter and child-on-the-way, held his annual Astroworld music festival on Friday night. And during the concert, a massive crowd surge rushed the toward the sage, killing at least nine people, and injuring hundreds, including one 9-year old child who is currently in a medical-induced coma.
It is just tragic.
And raises so many questions.
The news coming out the following morning was vague at best, with people trying to piece together what actually happened…and who to blame.
It’s no secret that drugs, sadly go hand in hand with music festivals. Which, in this case of a massive crowd surge, I’m sure contributed to the mayhem: confused people that are not in their right state of mind, collectively freaking out, dehydrated from both the drugs and Texas heat. Combine that with the vibe he encourages at his concerts: “raging” — ie, mosh pits, crowd surfing, stage diving. At a concert in 2017, one 23 year old fan was pushed from a balcony and ended up paralyzed. So his concerts are no “Driving Miss Daisy.”
It’s pandemonium. And why a nine year old child was there, is beyond me. Prayers for that little person as they fight for their life.
People have been grappling with who to blame, as they unearth more facts. Could Scott have stopped the concert? Was the venue properly staffed with security? Was the festival promoting company, LiveNation, ill-prepared with enough reinforcements?
What doesn’t look good for the Scott camp, is how the crowd was chanting “STOP THE SHOW,” to the rapper’s dismissal. Along with the two fans who climbed the videographer stand to plead to the cameramen that “people are dying.” Again, waved off. It also doesn’t look good that the concert continued for 4o minutes after the Houston Police declared it a “mass casualty event.” And it certainly doesn’t look good that Scott attended Drake’s afterparty that evening at Dave & Buster’s after the deadly concert.
The jury’s out. The lawsuits are piling up.
And bodies are literally left in the dust.
And then comes the conspiracy. In the aftermath of the concert, many, many, many people have been talking about the Satanic symbolism that is weaved through Scott’s music, album art imagery, themes, and even the concert venue staging.
Some even going so far as to say the whole thing was a Satanic ritual.
And to that, I just have to say — no. His music is not something I’d want my future children listening to, namely because of its reference to drugs, sex and violence. But this whole satanic conspiracy is just social media fodder that has been taken too far.
I didn’t spend more than three minutes looking into it, because I don’t like to do too much “learning” about that dark topic matter. Inviting that sort of information into your home and your mind only opens up the door for the enemy to get a foothold of “fascination.”
But I will say, it does show how, in the wake of tragedy, people can either turn to God, or the enemy. And it’s scary how such a vast number of people turned to the later.
All this to say, I think it’s important to remember that what we think about matters. What we listen to, what we watch, the video games we play, the content we consume…matters.
It has such an influence on our souls, at a deep, subs-conscious level that we don’t even know it’s happening. Impacting the way we speak, how we act or think, what we inherently believe. It’s really scary stuff.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.“
And this, at least makes me consider, who are we holding up as an icon? A role model? Someone to look up to?
Becuase that nine year old child? He saw Travis Scott in his Happy Meal at McDonald’s as an action figure toy. He saw Travis do a concert on Fortnite video game. Girls fan over him because of his connection to Kylie Jenner. He is an idol for kid and young adults, alike.
And look, I’m not bashing on Travis. He’s just the example of the moment, given his prominence in this story.
But it does make you consider, who, as a culture, we’re worshipping. And yes – worship – is sadly the term that is most appropriate.
Because I can assure you – our culture sure as heck isn’t worshipping God anymore. We can see that play out every which way to Sunday, nowadays, as we saw in Monday’s post about the Metaverse.
It’s clear that our society has declared, “We can do better than You, God.” Whether we’re creating our own virtual metaverse to inhabit, or creating our own idols to worship – replacing God. We’ve rewritten dogma – replacing THE Truth, with MY truth. A new religion has arisen, and no one is even batting an eyelash.
Who do I worship. Who do you worship? If someone were to look at your life – my life – the way we spend our time, what we spend our money on, what we give priority to in our lives? What would that communicate? And I’m talking to myself here.
Am I part of this anti-God religion? Or am I actively trying to pursue Christ and live as His follower?
Just something to think about on this cool November evening.
Keeping all those touched by this terrible tragedy in my prayers tonight. And praying for a return to Jesus for the whole world.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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