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More Pop-Music Meditation November 14, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Random Musings.
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Joe,

I was thinking about that video you posted the other day; it has been both a blessing and a curse to me! A curse, because it had me humming Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ all day yesterday! I don’t think 80’s pop songs generally work too well with Paul’s exhortation to the Philippians to think only of that which is pure, lovely, excellent, commendable, worthy of praise, etc.

But mercifully, the Lord has redeemed that video for me. Because it was a reminder to me of how miserably we ruin the gospel by ignoring or minimizing our innate badness. Paul says in Romans 3,

12All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15“Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16in their paths are ruin and misery, 17and the way of peace they have not known.” 18“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

That is a pretty bleak picture of the human race. I was reminded of it again this morning when I read in Jeremiah 3, “1You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the Lord….By the waysides you have sat awaiting lovers like an Arab in the wilderness. You have polluted the land with your vile whoredom.” (3:1-2)

That is what we all once were: spiritual whores. The gospel of the mercy of Christ is only good news to those who have truly seen how disgusting our sin is in the sight of God’s holiness. He does not owe us mercy; we are not deserving of even the opportunity to be saved. We are dead in transgressions and sins, and are by nature objects of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3).

Michael Jackson is right: we are bad, bad, people! And only those who know their badness can marvel at the wonder of grace. So thanks, Joe, for reminding me through a bad (in more ways than one) 80’s song that I am a spiritual whore with a great Savior.

In awe of grace,

Larry

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