Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non “slippery slope” reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one.
I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?
I don’t think scripture “clearly” states much of anything regarding morality . . .
I think the vast interpretation has left room for people to deal inhumanly and unlovingly toward others that don’t fit their guidelines . . . I don’t particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is “wrong.” I care more about how it says we should treat people.
Not meaning to stir things up…Anyone buying that?
Of course he means to stir things up! (He’d probably be disappointed if he didn’t.) But while I have many thoughts regarding the illogicality of his remarks, I want to focus instead on why his remarks create any stir whatsoever.
Why do some folks care about Dan Haseltine’s views on marriage or anything else?
I think the primary reason is this: He’s a moderately famous entertainer and enquiring minds like to believe that they know the goings on in the lives of popular performers.
Still, there’s a little more to it than this. This particular tempest in a teapot is the result of his being an entertainer within the Christian Entertainment Industry (hereafter CEI).
Please understand: There is a distinction between being a Christian entertainer and participating within the CEI. One may be a Christian entertainer and not be in the CEI and one may be in the CEI and not be a Christian entertainer. (And no…this isn’t a commentary—veiled or otherwise—on Haseltine.)
The fact is, were Haseltine merely a Rock star and not a member of the CEI, his tweets would be met with yawns instead of yelps. But we expect higher views of morality from “Christian Rock” stars than plain old Rock stars.
And why wouldn’t we? Plain old Rock stars religiously offer vapid odes to sex, drugs, and more sex; while “Christian Rock” stars unrepentantly serve insipid tunes of the “Jesus is my boyfriend” variety.
**The one peddles garbage; the other pablum.
Nevertheless, while I certainly recognize the usual differences of content between the two “Rocks,” I sometimes wonder about the moniker Christian Rock. Is there such a thing? If so, what exactly is it? Can a non-Christian perform Christian Rock? Can a Christian perform non-Christian Rock?
I tend to think of Rock as a style or genre of music. It isn’t Jazz or Country (then again, Country isn’t Country anymore). But what is it about Christian Rock that renders it specifically Christian? For example, I’ve heard of Christian “Death Metal.” (I know…that was my initial reaction too.)
In the midst of these perplexities one thing is certain: We’re doing something we’ve not done in quite some time—we’re talking about Jars of Clay.
**I do not mean to suggest that this is universally true. There are truly creative artists to be appreciated in both Rock fields.