I decided to get into details some would choose to avoid in SWAMP GAS MESSIAHS- and in the first single, that being “Straw Man”. Why?
In essence I think if you are a white American and fairly comfortable in your life, lifestyle and position you may not wish to discuss details of how you and those positions affect the poor, people of color, immigrants or would-be immigrants, widows, orphans, the incarcerated, abortion, gun legislation, Israel, Old and New Testament prophets including my Lord Jesus Christ who was/is Son of God and far more than a prophet- and for that matter biblical definitions of sin and justice.
You’re thinking “Lord have mercy, this post is a book… no… a volume of ’em!” Nope. Just statements to clarify my thinking whether we agree or not.
Recently the response to Straw Man included asking what it meant. I ultimately recommended the individual to check online dictionaries, but it does include avoiding or changing the subject, it’s a false argument, a dodge having no core link to the issue whatever the issue may be. I am used to having folks respond to my lyrics and comments that way rather than quoting specific lyrics or phrases and having to wrestle with what they strongly disagree with re. my own beliefs.
Re. “Straw Man”- someone wrote Jesus’s redemption for ALL Sin was sufficient (it is for salvation, eternal life) so what would I have them do? Action from the heart that demonstrates repentance is the short answer. Wrestle with Micah 6.8 and Matthew 25.35,36
I could fill this post with what I’ve personally done re. pro-life -but am always amazed at how unborn babes are never linked with the already-born who are routinely not cared for and indeed slammed and indeed at times killed by the policies of governments and individuals who are rather comfortable, often not cared for by individuals who otherwise profess Christian faith, who support the (U.S.) federal and states death penalty, who ignore humane care for women and children at our southern border, who look the other way at our deployment of troops which I have and have not agreed with depending on the issue/s. Someone mentioned a pro-life shirt I wore in a festival years ago but apparently did not see my “Don’t Kill For Me” shirt at the festival which included a long list of why I do not support capital punishment.
As I’ve often mentioned, I own firearms, hunt, shoot (name the weapon from slingshots, bows, muzzleloaders, modern handguns and etc.) and believe freedom in 2020 and beyond is NOT about individual citizens bearing arms which in the real world may well bring a mythical “dying with honor” or prison as well as countless deaths in this nation which happen daily as a result of this core, frankly dumb and deeply flawed policy of “rights”.
Israel- I pray for her peace and salvation and will never quit doing so! Bible history is clear, God DOES show favoritism, but not simply because Christians support Israel, His chosen people. Was God anti semetic when some 70 percent of the Old Testament He exiled them for their sins, often citing miss-treatment of the poor, widow, foreigner, unfair and unjust scales in the marketplace? How many prophets did He send to Israel and Judah commanding, pleading with them to repent? Most all of them brought that exact message and the OT is loaded with it. Therefore neither Israel, the U.S. or any other nation is in and of itself pure, holy, righteous. We are often too slack in facing our own individual and/or corporate sins, repenting and growing, moving on and past “ME and MINE FIRST and to hell with these other people!”
Plenty of professing Christians are living in and out of fear, anger and self(ish) preservation thinking. Plenty of those who do not share the faith in the risen Jesus I do are also living out of these. The question and the issues I raise continually in my lyrics (and you can begin with the first Resurrection Band record through GKB and my solo projects) have dealt with these issues, the racism and injustices not only in our history but now, today and largely due to our own simple-minded approach which I mentioned above- “If my life is set and good that’s enough.” No it isn’t. God right through His Word disagrees with you. Jesus Himself disagrees with you.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” Paul writing to Timothy is certainly talking about living out His Word, being diligent is about study, not surface conclusions, mere words casually tossed out in social media and such. Deep dive if you’re truly a caring, serious person.
I am convinced a good many folks treat The Bible, God’s Word to us much as they have my lyrics and plenty of other voices (none of which hold the eternal power and value as what God Himself thinks and says in Scripture)! Surface. Thin. Shallow. Ignorant. “I like my life as is, get off my lawn. In fact get out of my town, state, nation.” I’m an American, I live here along with all sorts of people. Jesus calls me to be a peacemaker but sometimes prophetic words stir and make uncomfortable (hopefully to genuine repentance).
You can disagree with me and I’ll still work to show you love and respect, but that doesn’t mean we will ever fully agree on these and many other matters. I am as convinced as I can be that our Father in heaven treats us exactly that way- unlike us, He does it in perfection.
As I wrote the lyrics to “Straw Man” I also immediately thought about how easy it is to walk on straw, drive over it, burn it. That power-trip won’t wash when we face God Almighty.
When we consider straw useful, fine, but if not who cares what happens to it? We treat people we don’t like as straw people, we may even see them as non-people, a type of scarecrow without true human value, essentially without worth –to us. This is completely the opposite of God’s mind, heart and desire toward all human beings, period.
He calls us to repent, to re-think, to grow up and to not only love Him supremely but with an “AND” that is fully linked to it:
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” -Jesus
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn