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More Musing on Music November 13, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Random Musings.
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Joe,

You have been pretty quiet lately, but that was good stuff! Definitely right on the money with the way the outside world lures us away from biblical reality without our even knowing it. More incentive to pray with desperation the words that I shared this morning in my prayer from Philippians 4:8. Without our even realizing it, our minds get corrupted.

Thinking of Elton John made me think of this song by Billy Joel. I never liked Elton much, but I did love Billy Joel. And one of his songs (and I still think of it as the ‘Bosom Buddies’ song, if anyone remembers that show!) I think is called ‘My Life’. There’s a line that says, “I don’t care what you say anymore this is my life; go ahead with your own life, leave me alone.’

I think that line is probably a part of Elton John’s ‘gospel’. That is why he thinks religion breeds hate. You are right that we should not minimize the real hatred and false spirit of Christ that is presented by many who claim to serve Christ. But how much of Elton’s perceived hate is from the false notion that if you make someone feel bad then you are hating them (see my post on loving others from the other day). If in the name of Christ someone lovingly, and gently says that homosexuals are sinning and in need of the grace and mercy and forgiveness of Christ, then Elton John is going to call that person a hateful person, and will blame religion on the hatred that abounds in this world.

Many times our Christian witness will produce that kind of response, especially from unbelievers. May it not deter us from showing real love. And Jesus has shown us repeatedly that real love speaks the truth, no matter how popular it is. It will not be quarrelsome, but humble, but it will still be bold. And that truth will always bring division. As Jesus Himself said, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Striving to speak the truth in love,

Larry

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1. Al Mohler on ‘Sir Elton’ « Seeking Him - November 22, 2006

[…] A couple of weeks ago we had some talk (see here and here) about Elton John and his views on religion. […]


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