June 15, 2012
"Jesus Take the Wheel" was a hit for the American Idol turned superstar, Carrie Underwood, when it came out, and the song seemed fitting for the young lady who touted her Christian faith throughout her rise to stardom.
The song featured a troubled woman whose life, just like the car she drove, was spinning out of control until she called upon Jesus to take the wheel of both her car and her life, and with this song, it appeared that the rising superstar was the “devout Christian” that one report pegged her to be – so goes the rumor.
Underwood’s recent affirmation of gay marriage, however, brings that assessment into serious question. Taking what she believed to be the moral high-road, Carrie said what so many others say, "It's not up to me to judge anyone," she noted, and then tops her verbal affirmation with a walk to match her talk by attending, per the report, a "gay-friendly nondenominational church" (http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/our-country/carrie-underwood-supports-gay-marriage-001952640.html).>
It doesn’t really surprise me. The entertainment industry is replete with backward thinking, but the fact that so many professing Christians in "high places," like Carrie, discard the kind of thinking that makes moral judgment possible in the first place, is a bit troubling. How can she think, for example, that she can affirm one thing, here gay marriage, without trampling underfoot the divine paradigm so explicitly stated in the Bible she claims to believe?
Fact is, however, Carrie's affirmation of gay marriage is a subtle but sure judgment upon the very Bible and faith she purports to revere. In her efforts to avoid 'judging" others, gays particularly, she opted to pass judgment upon the very God she claims to serve. In doing so, she denied Scripture's authority and declaration of ultimate reality; namely, God, and those contingent realities for which this same God is responsible for creating, including, but not limited to, the sexes, sexuality, and marriage.
In other words, never mind that her defense of gay marriage tramples antithetical thinking, because the reality is, her refusal to “judge” the gay community passes “judgment," by default, upon the very God who created the marital paradigm in the first place.
Never mind that the Bible presents God as the architect of men and women as complimentary partners and marriage between them as the marital paradigm that Jesus affirmed and then confirmed with his physical resurrection.
Never mind that Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me" (Luke 11:23), and since Jesus was against any other marital model than the one He created and confirmed, i.e. antithetical thinking, then any other conclusion is "against" him.
In Carrie's defense, however, I really don’t expect her to be as well-versed in theology or ethical theory as some, but I do expect those who claim to believe the Bible to think in a way at least somewhat consistent with its content as the authority they claim it has over their lives. I expect them to understand that the affirmation of one standard is the automatic rejection, or "judgment," of that which contradicts it - something that many professing Christians, Underwood included, just don’t get. I do expect those who believe the Bible to be uncomfortable living in the same world of contradiction in which the world at large lives.
Ironically, Underwood just snatched the "Wheel" back from Jesus and kicked him out of the car in the process.
Tony can be reached at Tony@link2eternity.com