For those of you are are unfamiliar with this song, its called "The Rain Song." Believe it or not, its by Led Zeppelin -- yep, as in Stairway to Heaven. As I think about it, some of you who are familiar with The Rain Song probably didn't recognize my rendition!
You may be wondering why I would post a video of myself playing guitar. Well, I'm glad you asked. And let me start by assuring you that my purpose in posting this was not to show off my limited guitar skills.
If you are unfamiliar with this song and/or are not a musician, it may not have sounded half bad. In fact, I don't think it sounds half bad.
On the other hand, if you are a big Led Zeppelin fan or an accomplished guitarist, you probably noticed a number of things that are not quite right about my rendition. As a few examples, the timing is off, I missed a few notes, I cheated on a few chords that are hard for me to play and there are some fills that it would take far longer to master than the time I am willing to put in. After all, I play for fun and relaxation. I don't see myself joining the worship team anytime soon.
My point is this -- while my rendition of The Rain Song may resemble the real thing in a lot of ways, if you were to really compare my version with the real thing you would see that there are significant differences between the two. For the untrained ear, I may have played close enough to the original that it would not immediately strike you that there are problems with my version. But, trust me, they are there.
What does all of this have to do with the Christian faith or the Bible? I'm glad you asked!
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.