Wednesday, July 2, 2014

 

Pop singer-songwriter-pianist-superstar Elton John created a stir this week when he expounded his beliefs about Jesus and same-sex marriage. John has been in a gay relationship with partner David Furnish since 1993 and Elton declared his homosexuality in 1988. It’s not surprising that he supports gay marriage, but it’s how he worded his comments that caused the controversy. He declared his distaste for the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage by saying, “These are old and stupid things . . . If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that is what the Church should be about.”

Where do we start to digest that mish-mash? What’s at issue here isn’t same-sex marriage; that’s now legal in Britain. It’s John’s theology that is confused, and that is symptomatic of how little the Christian message is understood today, especially in England. First, Jesus wasn’t a “Christian person.” He wasn’t even a Christian. When Christ lived on earth there was no Christianity. That came later. Second, he wasn’t a “great person.” He was and is God Eternal. Big difference. Finally, the Church is not just about love and compassion. Those are values that the Church embraces, but the Church is about saving souls. When it comes to theology, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . . well you get the idea. Sir John (yes, he’s been knighted by the Queen), you’ve written some great songs and our collective consciousness has been embedded with your melodies from “Can you Feel the Love” to “Rocket Man.” But leave the theology to theologians.


An encouraging word: BACK TO BASICSSo few today know so little about what Christianity is really all about. A lot of blame for that is the pulpit, particularly some media ministers. Each one has their own shtick, a hobby horse they ride with enthusiasm. It could be prosperity, prophecy, miracles, or whatever is getting donations at the time. Remember the Y2K debacle? Now it’s either the blood moons, bar codes, or google glasses that are ushering in the Apocalypse. Take your pick. We need to get back to basics and do what Jesus did: save souls, heal the brokenhearted and cast out demons. And we need to do so with “simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom” (2 Corinthians 1:12).

 


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