One line or verse or song can change everything in your life. Don’t believe me, listen to these one-liners:
“I’m sorry, but we’ve chosen another candidate for the job.”
“No, you cannot use the car!”
“Oh, honey, we don’t have time for that.”
“I hate you, that’s why!”
“I’d choose you again, every time!!”
That last one I say to my husband all the time. It never fails to make him feel better about us, about him, or about the world in general. It tells him instantly that I appreciate him and I’m on his side–no small thing in this divisive world, I assure you. I really would choose him again, too. He’s a great guy, and the perfect chill to my drama.
I started this post the way I did because this past weekend we watched fifteen minutes of the ACM awards. Stay with me, I promise this will come together in the by and by. Usually, we don’t watch award shows in our house. Most of them are boring and when the presenters or winners go off on political tangents, certain individuals in our home take offense. I won’t name names, but I will say it’s not worth it!
Anyway, one of the songs we heard during those few moments we tuned in to the show Sunday night was sung by Luke Bryan. You’ve probably heard it by now: Most People are Good. Sweet song, and I’d love to share it with all my friends, highlighting it on my Instagram account…tagging it on Facebook, but I just can’t.
I’d like to promote this song and say I love it, but one line ruins my enthusiasm for doing that.
“I believe you love who you love, ain’t nothin’ you should ever be ashamed of…”
Oh, Luke, that sounds a little too open for me. I think you’re supporting alternative lifestyles with those lyrics, buddy, which makes me want to ask you a question or two. Is this open acceptance of love really something you espouse in your own life?
For instance, do you really feel that…
If your buddy wanted to love on your wife, you’d be okay with that?
If your buddy wanted to love on your mom, would you be okay with that?
If your buddy wanted to love on your baby daughter…again, would you be okay with that?
And finally, if your buddy wanted to love on your grandma (cuz freaky-deakies need love too, right?), would you be okay with that, Luke?
Some folks will say I’m narrow minded, or silly, or hateful when they read this. They’ll be tempted to think I don’t understand. They’ll think I hate people who live alternate lifestyles. They’ll call me bigot. In defense of myself, I will say none of that is true.
Others will say I’m making too big a thing out of fifteen lil’ words, but as I’ve already proven to you, I can punch you in the face and make you bloody in your soul using far fewer words than that.
Maybe it’s time I said that doing whatever you like is not okay with me!
I believe in absolute truth, and standards, and morals, and limits on your lovin’.
Here’s the thing: I don’t think Luke Bryan is a bad guy, and I don’t think his song is terrible or that singing it is going to ruin him for eternity, but I also don’t think he’s okay with anybody loving anybody in any way they want.
I’m not sure whether he sees the hypocrisy of this piece of his life, or whether his song has the potential to teach lies to the next generation? I’ll let you decide that for yourself. What I will say is that I think Luke is probably pretty protective of his wife, his mom, his daughter, and his gramma. I think he does have standards, but I think he thinks it’s no big deal, what this song has to say. I disagree. It is a big deal. People are listening to these lyrics again and again, and again…day in and day out. They’re filling their souls with the message Luke is sending out over the airwaves.
Here’s my message…my truth:
Relativism is a joke and a lie.
Everything is not permissible!
Everything is not beneficial.
For me, that one line in Luke’s song says it’s okay to defy God. It’s not okay with me!
“…if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NIV
Do you like award shows? When have you stood up to say “That’s not okay with me.”