It’s really important to me that someone, somewhere is actually publishing sound thought in contrast to otherwise unsound behavior. No, I’m not talking about Hollywood’s behavior during last night’s Grammys in which 33 couples were married in a makeshift chapel, the majority of them homosexual. I’m talking about the responses that many Christians are having toward it.
Their criticisms don’t sound much like Jesus’ example.
Get Your Head In The Game
First, three thoughts to set this up:
1.) I can’t expect the unsaved to operate as if they’re saved. Unrighteous people do not naturally produce righteousness. So it’s pointless to get upset with Hollywood’s sense (or lack thereof) of morality. Asking them to behave morally is similar to insisting that a lion eat only salad mix. You only prevail in irritating the lion and embarrassing yourself. And possibly getting eaten.
Sinners sin, and they do so quite well. I know I would if it’s all I knew.
2.) Whatever respect I had for the awards society—which, I should add, was next to nothing—has now exhausted itself. Any ounce of class has been cast aside, proving that making political statements is more important than music. Though, I would argue, it stopped being about music a long time ago. As someone once quoted on my couch while watching A White Christmas for the first time, “Imagine that: an era where being famous meant you had to be talented.”
3.) I’m grieved for the children that are now being conditioned to believe that what they saw last night is real life. They’ll end up in my office when their lives falls apart in 10 years. Or sooner. Whatever it is that people who can’t stay married for more than 12 months promote as “marriage” probably shouldn’t be treated with a lot of legitimacy.
Now, if you’ll allow me to elaborate, and maybe get a little crazy before I bring it home:
The Grammy’s tasteless promotion of gay marriage (it was tasteless even for the straight marriages!) only proves that relativism is advancing. Redefine marriage from anything other than what the Bible defines it as, and—well—it can quite literally be anything other than what the Bible defines it as. Same sex people. Multiple people. Animals. People and animals. Have fun making your own rules.
The end game of the relativist approach to life always ends in the relativist being paramount to everything—God included.
• B. Peryer
Simply put, humanity, left to its own devices, wants to be God. Or god.
What’s incredible is that God agrees with them. And he’s one step ahead, as always. Jesus offers the opportunity to become “little Christs” (Greek: Christians), and in a very real sense—actually, in true reality—we receive his divine nature, his God-self. What’s fascinating is that the very thing the unsaved want—to be God—is the very thing Christians have. They just might not be ready for what true God-hood is. Where the world thinks being god is looking for control and appeasement of self, God thinks being God is sacrificial love and endless service in the promotion of others above self.
Interesting in that, apart from Christ, humanity destroys itself and everything around it, all in the name of advancement. Yet, God isn’t afraid of us becoming God-like, he just knows that without himself being in the center of that transformation, it’s irrelevant.
Bring On The Dinner Parties
So what’s the response to Hollywood? The same as it was for Jesus: go to a dinner party.
Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.
• Matthew 9:10 NLT
Matthew was a tax collector. Which means he was rich. And probably a manipulative tyrant. Which also means the other “disreputable sinners” were friends of his who he bought with his money. Read: prostitutes, drunks, politicians, pimps and at least a hit man or two.
And don’t think I’m being so dramatic. Remember, it’s the religious church-attenders’ response that proves just how bad of company Jesus was spending his time with:
But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”
• Matthew 9:11 NLT
If you’re looking at your TV thinking, “What awful scum they are,” then you might want to think about snipping the “Pharisee” badge off your blazer.
The Christian response to the Grammys is the same as it’s always been: live such a lifestyle that the unquenchable, insatiable and undeniable love of God makes any other pursuit look trivial in comparison to knowing Jesus.
If all we’re doing is promoting principles—no matter how righteous or true—then we’ll probably always miss impacting people.
Until we’re willing to dine with delinquents we’ll only dabble with divinity.