Pop star Carrie Underwood should take her own advice, which she provided in one of her top hits, and let “Jesus Take the Wheel.”
Here’s some of what she had to say about that:
- “I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. … I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
- She said she attends a “gay friendly” church and doesn’t believe she has the right to judge anyone.
- “Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me.’ No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”
Now, I don’t mean to pick on a young celebrity who has obviously devoted most of her life to music and may have missed out on some key Bible studies.
In fact, what Underwood has to say here is actually indicative of a growing biblical illiteracy within what passes for the Body of Christ in America today – even among the clergy.
Here’s the bottom line: You can’t be a follower of Jesus and condone what He Himself describes as sin.
Neither can you truly love others by purposely not confronting their sin – and allowing them to be comfortable with their sin.
That’s not love.
It’s not about feelings, because, as the Bible explains, “every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually.” The Bible doesn’t make this point once or twice – it’s a recurrent theme!
Followers of Jesus are not to be governed by their feelings. They are to be governed by the teachings of their Lord.
As far as “loving” others, we are commanded to do it – even our enemies. But the biblical view of love is not having sex with them – it’s sharing the gospel.
What is a “gay friendly” church? Is it one that affirms people in their sin? Or is it one that welcomes sinners and confronts them with it to bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus? I suspect Carrie Underwood attends a church that does the former rather than the latter.
We’re all sinners, and we all need to be confronted with our sin to bring about repentance. To make people comfortable with their sin is the least loving thing we can do for them because we are facilitating their descent into hell for an eternity. How is that loving?
Carrie Underwood suggests God did not set rules. Yes, He did. The Ten Commandments are not suggestions. They represent the difference between life and death.
She says, “It’s not up to me to judge anybody.” This has become something of a mantra in the apostate church. But it is a misunderstanding of what Jesus meant when He said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” The context of that sermon makes it clear that Jesus meant to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Others are not to be judged unfairly. He didn’t mean we aren’t supposed to confront people with their sin so they could be brought to repentance, because He Himself commanded us to do just that.
God did warn us not to profane His holy name.
I don’t think that just means misusing His name as a curse word. I think we do that when we represent ourselves as followers of God but betray His Word.
That’s blasphemy – and there’s just too much of it coming from people claiming to be Christians.