Loaded title, but hopefully I can gloss over this with enough depth to get my points across.
First, music has been used for centuries to persuade, indoctrinate, and otherwise propagate messages to the public at large for the purpose of controlling the culture of the people. See the following study on the history of propaganda in music for support: Messages in the Music. That being said, what are you listening to in your car? Sports talk? Hip hop? Country and Western? Rap? R&B? Hard Rock? Classic Rock? Christian Pop? Let’s take country music for a quick tour of propaganda. When I say Southern White Teenager, you think what?
Drinking, partying out by a creek somewhere with a bonfire, 4×4 trucks, a couple of dogs running around, shotguns and rifles in the back seats for hunting the next day, and most of them go to the same church youth group where a few have accepted Jesus at church camp when they were in middle school. Now they are looking forward to work or college, marrying their high school sweetheart, drinking some more, possibly getting a divorce is in the cards after the wife cheats on her alcoholic husband, etc… You get the point. If you have lived in the south then you know that this stereotype exists for a reason, but you also know that it isn’t entirely true. Don’t tell the rest of America that, because they won’t believe you and when teenagers listen to country music they try to fit the mold of what is being played because some of it speaks to where they are in life and the music is offering them a way to play their own song out.
Now for the homosexual side of musical propaganda. If you haven’t heard, there is a song out called “Same Love” that essentially is about legalizing homosexual marriage while throwing out a few arguments for why this should be done. Highlight statements:
(last part of first verse)
The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don’t know
What we would pull away from this verse would look like this:
1. All right wing conservatives believe homosexuality is a choice
2. That homosexuality cannot be treated from a psychological standpoint using religious theology
3. Homosexuality is a predisposition that someone is born with, that is how God created them
4. That all those opposing homosexuality are afraid of homosexuals
5. God loves everyone no matter what they do with their life
6. We paraphrase the Bible that was written 3,500 years ago to support our belief that homosexuality is wrong
I am not out to refute these statements, but it is important to recognize what others are telling you to believe in and then to validate whether those statements are true or not. You have to desire truth and seek it out of your own accord. Nothing I write here is going to change your mind.
The second verse has some more I want to highlight:
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
The question would be, if I believe someone is wrong about something they believe and I tell them so, then am I hating that person? I do not believe that is what the statements above are talking about as much as the manner in which it is done. So I will agree with the first three lines above. The last line I agree with but not in the context as it is written. This is where Truth comes into play.
There are two commandments every Christian is supposed to follow: Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself.
How do you love God? If you love God you obey what He commands and His commands are not burdensome (some versions say grievous). So you would try to figure out what God commands and then do that. The act of obeying builds trust which every good marriage is built on, and prayer is your communication, which is the second foundation to a healthy marriage. What happens when I find something that God is convicting me of in my life that I don’t want to change or that I didn’t see as wrong before and I am having a hard time seeing as wrong now? Well, if you are going with the post modern faith based approach then the chorus to the “Same Love” song might make you feel better right now:
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
Granted, the lyrics are specifically referring to someone with a homosexual orientation, but the principle that we can pull from it is that you do not need to change because you cannot change.
I will conclude with this passage from the gospel of John chapter 3:
16 “For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Expose your deeds to the light, remove the hate, and preach repentance for forgiveness of sins through the resurrected Christ Jesus our Lord. Live it. Be it. Let your light so shine before all men.
- Considering Community and Outreach (cavman.wordpress.com)
- Truth about Homosexuality… (lunaticoutpost.com)
- Course Experiment- Religion & Music : “Same Love” by Macklemore (cassidyraecunningham.wordpress.com)
- To my gay friends: I love you, but… (wordsonheaven.net)