So Radiohead just released a website that allows users to download a song of theirs entitled “nude.” Once downloaded, Radiohead urges users to create and recreate their own remixes of the songs and then upload them to this website. While some bands would be looking for copyright lawyers if someone downloaded their music, Radiohead is urging and encouraging and rewarding those who download and upload their music.
the track “nude” is from the band’s latest album, inrainbows. Inrainbows was initially offered to the public as a download. Radiohead set up their own website and allowed users to download the entire album and simply asked that the downloader would pay whatever he or she wished. Some paid little, some didn’t, and some paid typical amounts. This project seemed to be more about getting the music to the people than about business. Sure, some speculate that this model actually made radiohead more money and drove tons of media attention to the band. But doesn’t giving away stuff for free or cheap always seem to stir up a ruckus.
My point is spelling all this out is to urge those who are growing Christ’s Kingdom to take up some of the principles. We have been entrusted with a great gift: the gift of the knowledge of Christ and his Gospel. We have the gospel. we know of the gospel. and we are the gospel.
Wouldn’t it be more important to take this gospel and get it into the hands of as many “users” as possible? Should we make sure we are taking care of our financial wants or marching forward and extending the Kingdom of heaven a little farther?
Who cares if someone steals your ideas. Let someone pick your brain. Work on sermons together. Join with other local church and put together a city youth event. share creative designs. Let your church turn into a community center. Who cares if someone spills punch on the carpet, let’s get a little messy. Let’s mix it up. Put all of your content online to allow others to have access to the time, talent, and resources God has surrounded you with.
Or did you think you did all that on your own?