Although it’s far-fetched to conclude that the groundswell of Christians endorsing homosexual “marriage” is in any way indicative of something major approaching on the eschatological (i.e. “last days”) horizon, as many continue to speculate, the phenomenon is no less disquieting and for certain a thorn in the proverbial side of the faith.
Rather than cry “the sky is falling” (again) as so many believers tend to do, perhaps it would be better understood to simply take note of how God is perpetually separating the wheat from the chaff, as described in Matthew 3:12 and Luke 3:17.
Two high-profile “Christian” entertainers have “come out,” no pun intended, over the past several days to throw in their lot with the same sex advance. Here the obligatory disclaimer must be made, as gay lobbyists demand, “There is NO agenda within the homosexual community and seeing things as such is hyper-right-wing-Christian-fundie paranoia.”
Recently, a duo of country music divas, the legendary Dolly Parton followed by Carrie Underwood, have made a splash in the headlines by chastising fellow Christians for “judging” homosexuality negatively. As the latter of the two, 31 year old Oklahoma native and season 4 winner of American Idol Underwood put it:
“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love… it’s not up to me to judge anybody.”
It’s a bit ironic that in one of her hit songs “Jesus Take the Wheel,” Underwood croons: “Ooh, Jesus take the wheel. Ooh, I’m letting go. So give me one more chance. Save me from this road I’m on. From this road I’m on. Jesus take the wheel”
In reality she is the one (figuratively) taking the wheel. By forming a skewed worldview through the lens of her own anti-biblical beliefs, by rejecting the truth of God and supplanting it with her own humanistic feelings and “wisdom” she and not Jesus is the one in control.
And this begs an even more fundamental question, “Can a person be a Bible-believing Christian and endorse a lifestyle that God clearly and with the utmost specificity labels, ‘unnatural, immoral, vile, and reprobate’ amongst other things?”
Underwood and her famously over-endowed counterpart Parton lament the “judgment” by Christians upon the LGBT crowd, all the while seemingly unaware that they too are making a judgment call against those they have labeled “judgmental.”
Taking a step back to examine the issue, it’s a bit mind-numbing and decidedly a circular argument. At the end of the day, after all’s been said and done, judging “judgers” is every bit as judgmental.
Underwood and her ilk believe they strike gold when they stumble upon and cherry-pick a verse in the scripture like Matthew 7:1 which reads: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” (NASB) All the while completely missing the point that the prohibition is NOT against judging, i.e. evaluating the moral underpinnings of any given subject, at all – which would create a non-existent conflict in the Bible – but against doing so unfairly and with hypocrisy.
The very next verse of this passage explains the context of verse 1 and reads: “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2 NASB) Underwood does violence to the Bible, God’s only narrative to humankind, by removing His standard and replacing it with her own.
Who is right and who is wrong? God has already made that judgment. In regard to the subject at hand, the songstress has truly been measured (by the standard of the Almighty) and been found wanting.
With a special nod of thanks to my good friend Ken Koeder for suggesting today’s topic.