high fidelity-the reproduction of an effect (as sound or an image) that is very faithful to the original.
low fidelity-a sound recording which contains technical flaws such as distortion, hum, or background noise, or limited frequency response.
Today while I was running I listened to a message by a guy named Levi Lusko (which was quite good by the way) and he mentioned the terms hi fi and lo fi in his message in relation to "hearing" the word of God. Now as usual, anytime I hear something that is interesting I start to day dream about it. I started to think about some of my favorite bands or songs that I have loved partly because of the lo fi recording and then some of those songs or bands that record that are a waste of great talent because of the lo fi recording. There are things that I know (partly because my husband is a walking encyclopedia of record making and production equipment and every now and then I hear him talking about a mic or pre amp etc.) about music equipment that helps me record or be heard in the way that most flatters or best represents my voice. There are mics that I know will pick up the frequency that my voice is the best and then there are those mics that make me sound like I am singing on AM radio. Now for a little bit of info into this world here is the low down. We will stick to microphones as the example. When I am recording my vocals on a cd I choose a microphone that is built for handling the frequencies of a vocal as well as shutting out and not picking up the other noises in the room(for instance my voice bouncing off the wall behind it). When this is done well the listener can best hear my voice, on the recording, sounding most like it actually does. When it is the wrong mic or a lo fi mic and isn't done well you will hear other things in the recording distorting or masking or distracting from the actual tone of my voice. Now sometimes this is done on purpose for a cool effect but sometimes it is done because the person recording just doesn't know what they are doing or how to get the best result. Here is where I am going with this...If we look at our lives as christians, and look at the definition of christian: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ, are our professions being heard as hi fi or lo fi? Are we giving an accurate most faithful to the original display of the glory of the Lord that 2 Corinthians 3:18 talks about
"18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image."
or are we living our christians lives in a lo fi way that is displaying a little bit of Christ along with a whole lot of our selves and our distractions. Are we saying "I believe that He came to die for my sin so that I can live my life free from its hold on me" but then turning around every friday night and partying like that is the place my hope and joy is found? Or living a life so filled with lust or greed or anger that these things distract and distort what I claim to believe? When I live my life I want people to see the most accurate example of who Christ is. I want my life to be a hi fi quality representation of what it means to be a christian. For a final thought, I write these blogs many times just as much for myself as for anyone else. I am writing this one today because I know that there are things in my life that are in conflict with what I claim to believe, and I know that this will probably always be the case, but in acknowledging and addressing them I can hopefully step past them and not let them distort or distract or dilute any longer.