All songs are written by sinners. Every single one of them.
Even if the words are straight out of the bible, the melody is written by a major screw-up. Heck, even the songs written IN the bible are written by a bunch of folks who continuously messed up. Most notably, the writer of over 70 of the Psalms was “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22) and yet, this man with a “heart of gold” got another man’s wife pregnant, then had the hubby killed in battle so that he could bring his lover into his household.When the murder was complete and his pregnant lady moved on in, King David breathed a sigh of relief. (She’s mine….my own….my precious.) All was made right.
Oh, but not so….check out the last sentence of 2 Samuel 11: But the Lord was displeased with what David had done. – 2 Samuel 11:27b (NLT)
The Lord was displeased. Kinda like that blow to the gut when you ask if someone is mad at you and they say: “No, I’m not mad…..just disappointed.” Yikes…..and it cuts like a knife.
In keeping with the conservative Christian’s obsession with the “pet sin” of the decade, homosexuality, Contemporary Christian songwriter Vicky Beeching is being raked over the coals lately for coming out as a lesbian and blogging about her support for same-sex marriage. I am finding it quite interesting to read her blog posts. The topics range from helping kids navigate their way through the messy online world they live in to what feminism has to do with the Christian church today…two topics that I am quite interested in for obvious reasons! What I find even more interesting in a “can’t turn my eyes away from a bad car wreck so I’m rubbernecking” kind of way are the comments on her equal marriage posts. One such comment reads:
Your song “may I never lose the wonder of the cross” is great but it would seem to me that you have lost the wonder of the cross. Jesus doesn’t leave people in their in sin. It would seem that you have compromised the cross for the worlds wisdom.
Back to my original point. For all of us, every day is a roller coaster of losing the wonder of the cross….not only losing the wonder of it but throwing it off of us completely. The very cross I pick up because my Savior, Jesus, told me to do so is the same cross I despise and reject through my muddled sinful life. I consistently take and eat the veritable apple which is held out to me by the world, aka. the snake in the garden, aka. Satan. And, according to the Good Book, this is my lot in life. I am destined to not do the good I want to do and to keep on doing the crap I do that makes it hard to look in the mirror (Romans 7:1, the natalie ringsmuth translation).
But, this woman is gay, Natalie. She is not fit to write songs for us to sing to our Lord and in fact, we should take all of the songs she sings out of our churches.
OK, so, let me get this straight. You’re saying that we should take all songs out of our Sunday morning line-up that are written by the people that are “too far gone” in their sin? How would that work exactly? Do we sing a song that is written by anyone who is divorced? I mean, if we’re really honest, divorce is as blatantly against scripture as homosexuality is. If a divorced person wrote a song that we sing in worship when they were married, should we throw that song out on the day they sign the divorce papers?
Well, that’s not the same, Natalie.
Yes, it is (in my humble opinion). If being gay is a sin that affects someone’s testimony or ministry for their whole life, so is being divorced. So is a pornography addiction. So is an affair. So is daydreaming about Chaning Tatum….or watching most of what goes on during Game of Thrones. And that is just a list of a few of the sexual sins the bible talks about. Let’s not even walk down the path of “The American Dream” sins like greed or pride.
If homosexuality is a sin that is a “sin lifestyle” then let’s equal the playing field. Your divorced sister has chosen the “divorced lifestyle”. Your friend who can’t wait to see 50 Shades of Grey is living the “pornography lifestyle”.
But a gay person never repents of their sin, Natalie. So how can we be sure of their salvation?
OK, hold on a minute. If your friend never repents for seeing *and liking* 50 Shades of Grey (or most other Rated R movies/TV shows these days), do you fear for her in the afterlife? If your sister moved on to another marriage and says it is because “God wants her to be happy”, do you wonder if you’ll see her in heaven?
How dare we pick up our stones and aim them at the sinner of the week…..the person or people group of our choosing. The person we have chosen because they are an easy target. The people that are “obviously unrepentant” in our eyes.
We should be ashamed of ourselves. I’m ashamed of ourselves. Take the darn plank out of your own eye, Church.
We need to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.(Ice Cube circa 1993)
3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
-John 8:3-11 (NLT)