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The Culture War and a Word Called Love

I never watch the Grammys.  They are an utter waste of time where the plumed-peacocks of self-congratulation are all on display.

The only use for the Grammys is to see where the Generals of the Culture War are going to plant their flag.  The Grammys are an account of their victories as they continue their assault on virtue and godlinesss.

This year, we were treated to Kate Perry’s “Dark Horse” (an outright elevation and worship of occultism and sensuality) and the farce of a marriage ceremony.  Queen Latifah came onstage to marry thirty-three couples of varying races, creeds and genders in a grand celebration of the diversity of love.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were the musical accompaniment for the “ceremony”.  Over the beat of the music, Angel Haze, a self-proclaimed “pansexual” sang about how her female companion “kept her warm”.  The lyrics by Macklemore were quite telling:

When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben, you’ve loved girls since before Pre-K!”
Tripping, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math, like
“Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those that like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God
Ahh, nah, here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And “God loves all his children” is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five hundred years ago
I don’t know

We live in post-Christian era.  In many ways that is exciting since we are experiencing today a world very much like the world that Jesus walked in – utterly pagan, worshiping sensuality, worshiping self.  In other ways, the evaporation of understanding concerning God’s  natural order is extremely disconcerting.

In the lyrics cited above, the author reverses the tables and tells us that we are playing God by trying to tell people how they should act and feel.  We are the one’s fighting against the homosexual’s or the pansexual’s created design.  We are supposedly the one’s forgetting that God is love.

The Generals of the Culture War are rapidly changing the world’s perspective on how love should be expressed, how religion should be interpreted.  They control the cultural high ground of defining language and how terms are used.  Their constant barrage of imagery and words go far beyond what can be espoused from a pulpit on any given Sunday.    And “love” is being transformed before our eyes.

I’m convinced that churches, must become more active and aggressive in their ground assault against the Kingdom of Darkness.  We are armed with the Word and love.  We must start to think in terms of how to strategically infiltrate our local spheres and to disseminate the power of God’s word and God’s radical love.

Let me make a few suggestions:

1.  We must hold a higher standard for marriage than the secular world.
2.  We must purposefully unplug our children from the propaganda.
3.  We must abandon our defensive bunkers and go on the offensive in our local communities.
4.  We must create ways for our community to come alongside the homosexual community in ministry and love that explains how God truly created the world.
5.  We must not compromise anything handed to us in God’s Word.
6.  Luke 6:35-38

The local church is the hope of the world.  God has unloaded us on the beachhead of a hostile shore and we have a mission to accomplish for the Glory of God and the salvation of souls.  Forget about taking back the rainbow, we had better be worried about taking back love.