Thursday, June 14, 2012

Carrie Goes Under the Bus

Carrie Underwood.  What can I say?  I cheered her through to victory as one of the most obvious, most talented, most fitting American Idol winners way back....oh, some 6 or 7 years ago now.  Besides the great voice, of course, she is the classic "living doll", who could easily have made a living as a model.  Her career since "Idol" has been a wonder to behold, with one big hit after another; and every song she sang containing a great, or simply a fun, message.  Carrie's rendition of "How Great Thou Art" mesmerized all listeners, including a friend of mine who classifies himself as a "Humanist". He listened to her sing that most famous of Christian songs over and over again.

Now my dream of this otherwise Wonder Woman has hit the wall of political correct reality.  Carrie has come out in support of gay marriage.  Yes, a lot of people have done that.  And a lot of people seem to think that their Christian faith dictates that they accept all behavior, based on the correct understanding that they should accept all people.  God accepts all people, but requires that they accept Him.  An acceptance which means they accept His understanding of what is right and wrong (what is good for we individuals, as well as our societies).

During an interview with a British newspaper, Underwood said, "Above all, God wanted us to love others. It's not about setting rules, or [saying] 'everyone has to be like me'. …It's not up to me to judge anybody." She also objected to "people who use the Bible for hate," saying, "That's not how I would want myself as a Christian to be represented."

Agreeing with God, and the things He has said, is not about "setting rules, or saying 'everyone has to be like me'.  Nor is recognizing God's standard for us all "judging anybody."  And it is especially not using "the Bible for hate. 

Sorry Carrie.  I have loved watching your career develop, and your family prospering, and hearing you sing any old song you apply that wonderful voice to; but I wish you had thought about your position on this issue a little bit more.  I am sorry that you have chosen to have your "self as a Christian, to be represented" by a wishy washy, personal pick and choose, theology-by-feelings stance that fails to represent God's clear teaching on sin.

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