1/27/14: What We Were
My husband and I just watched the 2014 Grammy award ceremony. This is the ceremony that acknowledges the previous year’s best and most popular songs and musicians. Like with last year’s program, the show introduced us to singers we’d never heard of and songs we didn’t know. We couldn’t understand the words of lots of the songs either, but that’s okay. The shows are always an education for us because popular music tends to mirror emerging cultural trends, and we need to keep up. If we can figure out what’s being said, we gain an understanding of the pulse of society.
Well, this year’s check-up included more than a glimpse at singers and songs. Something else showed up on the x-ray. Toward the end of the show, Queen Latifa presided over a mass wedding ceremony of about 33 couples, intentionally focusing on the homosexual couples in the mix. The Grammy show moved from celebrating just the music and the musicians to endorsing the message to celebrate same-sex unions.
The televised gospel music segment of the Grammys was cut from the show some years ago. Is it any wonder that this is where we’ve come since God has been kicked out of the show? Although homosexual sympathizers call it a “clobber” passage, First Corinthians 6:9-11 (NKJ) is still in the Bible and speaks to this issue:
- Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
It is Biblical homiletically gymnastics to suggest this passage means anything other than what it actually says. The group on the show singing before the “marriage ceremony” sang of being gay with the lyrics, “I can’t change even if I wanted to;” however, this passage disputes that claim. The list of the unrighteous—fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners—is said to name what some of the readers used to be. “And such were some of you.” The word “were” is in the past tense indicating that those who had once been identified by any of the names on the list no longer could be identified in those ways. They were not those things any longer. They changed. How did the change occur? They “were washed… sanctified… [and] justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
The lyric “I can’t change even if I wanted to” must be reconsidered in light of the above passage. It is possible to surrender what we think “can’t” be done, and submit our desires to Him so He can transform what we don’t want to do into what He wants us to do. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17. Our job is to submit to Him; God makes the changes in us. Worship God who is our washer, sanctifier, and justifier; our transformer.
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