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“Jesus … like a Mounty, he always gets his man” ???

This may have already made the rounds of ridiculous YouTube videos, but I couldn’t pass this up.

So many comments, so little time.

Let’s just keep it simple:

  • Christians who make music should craft quality lyrics and compose quality music.  This song is a quality example of Christians who missed the mark on both counts.  While some would label this “Christian music” I would have to say that it would be more accurately labeled “Sub-Christian Music”.
  • I cannot help but wonder what the 852,687 (and counting) people who have viewed this video think about the gospel now that they have heard this song – “Silly Christians with their silly Jesus,” that’s what I would think.

Music and videos like this have a way of cheapening the gospel, making the cross and the resurrection look like glib myths confessed by simpleminded people.

In the first letter written to the church in Corinth, Paul writes, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18).

Left to their own devices, when people look at the gospel, it seems ridiculous, foolish, and silly.  It does not make sense.  When these people conceive of a God, they don’t conceive of a God who would overcome our sin, vindicate his holiness, and pronounce his glory through an execution.

For Christians, Christ’s sacrifice no longer seems foolish to us.  We see it for what it really is, the power of God to save us from perishing.  We see it is a divine act of salvation, apart from which we have no hope.

When Christians speak (or sing … or play music … or paint … or sculpt … or write … or whatever) about the gospel of Jesus Christ, we do so knowing that most people will perceive the power of God to be foolishness in their judgement.  This is a stumbling block we should expect.

But. But. When Christians herald the gospel, we ought not to do so in such a way that we communicate that we believe it to be a silly, trite, foolish, or glib thing.  We should herald the power of the gospel.

This video is an example of a failure to accomplish that mission.

  1. Brandon
    October 4, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Dude, I sent this to the music guys at Sojourn a few weeks ago, asking them if they would consider adding it to the next album. They thought it was hilarious.

    The mounty quote gets me the most. Men don’t want to follow Jesus because they are sinful. But comparing Jesus to a mounty can’t help them want to jump on board.

  2. leewilson7170
    October 4, 2008 at 4:25 am

    why not? they get their man and “zap” them? that is masculine.

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