Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holy Horseshit

This song, Holy Horseshit Batman (HHB), by Gym Class Heroes is by the same group who plays Stereo Hearts which frequents the radio. The lyrics of HHB take a perspective that I usually do not seem to see. The singer is on a different side of Christianity than most of the people that I run across. He is neither really for it or against it, he’s almost neutral.

In the beginning of the song, the singer is offered a pamphlet. He doesn’t take it; the giver of the pamphlet angrily gives him an accusing glance and tells him that she will pray for his children. To the singer, he thinks that no matter what he can do (buy a Jesus piece [necklace]), Jesus won’t forgive him. He seems to be sarcastic towards miracles while still somewhat believing in them. He also throws out a lot of smack explaining that he doesn’t even really know who God is. He thinks Hell is a fine place to go and he would be a fool to think that he could ever deserve Heaven. This view could probably be used in part of the definition for “Agnostic.”

I have good news (literally Gospel) for this guy. “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter” (Mark 3:2“Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name" (Acts 10:43). Even though the singer rightly knows that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a), he doesn’t deserve to be saved (along with everyone else). He forgets the last end of the verse: “The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23b). We have been saved anyway. We have been given Heaven even though there is no possible way that we could ever deserve it. If we buy a Jesus necklace, accept a Christian pamphlet, or even proclaim that we have accepted Jesus, it means nothing without His grace and forgiveness. We can do nothing, while He gives everything for us.

Over all, this song points out a type of bad evangelism. How can you reach someone without explaining to them the truth? If you just give them mean glances and tell them that you will pray for their children so that you can feel righteous it may have been better that you would have stayed at home. Though, if you do tell them that you’ll pray for them and their children that is great if you mean it and actually follow through. In spreading God’s word it is important to understand how your message is getting across and how you act, try to never give them a reason to think negatively towards Christianity. The Bible doesn’t teach to spread the word with malice and prejudice; but with open arms (just as Christ’s on the cross).8). 

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