I saw a story on the 1250 AM WTMA web site this morning that makes the perfect case for people looking to something other than Christianity to fill the vacant place in their lives.
The story deals with a controversial song by the British indie band Babybird. The song, entitled “Jesus Stag Night Club,” features Johnny Depp singing with the band about a group of teens who hire a Jesus look-alike to organize a bachelor party.
I looked the song up and it’s pretty stupid. And more than a little disrespectful. But it’s nothing Christians can’t endure.
The thing that bothers me about the whole thing is not so much the song itself. Twenty years from now hardly anybody will remember it. It will be a tasteless song that made a little stir then died away. A lot of music is like that.
It’s the response to the song that bothers me. This is what WTMA The Big Talker’s web site reported:
Lee Douglas, a spokesperson for The Christian Coalition, tells the British newspaper The Daily Star, “I’m sure he thinks he’s being very funny but he’s simply a disgrace. One day, Johnny Depp and his cronies will face the judgment of our Lord and they will burn in hell for this filth.”
The band’s lead singer, Stephen Jones, tweeted: “Christians go to heaven. Sinners go to hell. This is their message of peace. Oh yes and gays can f**k off too. It’s a beautiful world, Jesus.”
Lee..that’s not your decision.
And Stephen, if all I had to go on was responses like the one from Lee Douglas, I’m not sure I could be as charitable about it as you are.
I have a rock on my desk. It serves as a visual reminder of Jesus when a woman was brought before him after she had been caught in the act of adultery. The crowd was ready to stone her, and Jesus told the crowd to go ahead and start throwing their stones. But the catch was they had to start with the people who had never sinned.
“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7)
A few minutes all that was left was Jesus, a scared woman, and a pile of rocks on the ground. I can imagine Jesus taking her by the hands, helping her to her feet, looking into her eyes, and saying, “Put all this behind you. There’s nobody here to condemn you. You just walk away from this place with your head held high and become the woman we both know you can be.”
That’s the Jesus I follow. The one who reminds me every day not to throw stones.
Not the one who seems to be more interested in sending folks to hell because of a song and an attitude. You see, Mr. Douglas, it’s comments like yours that fuel the fire to write songs like the one you railed against. Where is the gospel message in that attitude? It seems to me you not only missed an opportunity to be a witness for Christ, but your statement just gave people another reason to see Christianity as a group of judgmental asses.
Mr. Jones, let me tell you about the Jesus I know. He’s the Jesus who inspires legions of people to collect food for the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, go into other countries to build schools, deliver food and agricultural equipment to impoverished nations, knowing full well that many of the people they serve will never convert to Christianity. So why do they do it? Because there is a need there. That’s it. The Jesus I follow is more concerned about you than any song you (or anybody else) writes. The Jesus I serve is more concerned with spreading love than being the voice of condemnation and fear. The Jesus I serve inspires people to care for those around them, not for any reward, but because he cares for us.
Is it fair to say sinners go to hell and Christians go to Heaven? Sort of. We’re all sinners. But when a sinner (again…that’s all of us) comes to truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that is the basis of Christianity. And people who truly come to know that he is the Son of God who died and was resurrected, live their lives in a way that reflects that belief. They feed the hungry. Clothe and provide for the poor. They take it upon themselves to help those who are suffering. They treat all people as children of God and realize the worth of EVERY person.
Chaz Bono comes to mind. Not as someone to pick on, because I am not being facetious, but as a unique example. Is Chaz a male or female. In all sincerity, I’m not sure anybody really knows at this point. Between what she was born with and what he/she has had done since, Chaz has become something we don’t really understand.
But Chaz is a child of God. That’s the important thing. And I wish him/her well. It can’t be an easy life. And if God loves Chaz, how can I do any less. If God loves anybody and everybody, how can we as Christians do any less.
Mr. Jones, it’s not up to us to decide who goes to heaven or hell. That’s God’s job.And I’m assuming from what I’ve read about you that you may not be a Christian. So for the sake of argument, what if at some point in your life you do become a Christian? The bloated proclamations from people spewing a poisonous brand of Christian thinking becomes little more than a cow fart in the wind.
The heaven/hell decision comes from a God who loves us all and wants us all to be with him. And it’s not based on songs and other trivial things. It is based on the human heart and our relationship with his Son.
Is Christianity all it’s cracked up to be?
It’s just that we as the messengers sometimes screw up the message.