I went to a new blog this weekend and stumbled across this post about Sean Hannity and Montgomery Gentry. They are putting on Freedom Concerts, raising money to support the families of fallen soldiers. A worthy cause to be sure… Boneman, the writer of this new found blog, noticed a glaring contradiction during the event though.
When we were walking to our seats we noticed that there were huge silhouetted woman decals decorating the stage. We later learned this was part of the Montgomery-Gentry country music act. Fair enough, but imagine the jarring disconnect of this backdrop while Michael W. Smith sang Gospel music. I’m sorry, but it was too big to miss. Add to that a bunch of ass-kicking “my town” song / talk, and you have yourself one heck of an interesting experience! Go America! (?)
The decals to which he refers are most often found on the mudflaps of our more risqué truckers. Them ladies are nekkid you might say. Anyway…
I wrote the following in his comments section…
As the saying goes, Politics makes for strange bedfellows.
In America we tend to compartmentalize much of our life. The Lordship of Christ is put into a separate category of our being. We are then taken aback when things don’t work out that way in reality.
Many Christians think that they can keep their politics and their faith ontologically separate. What happens in real life is a grafting in of the gospel into politics, making it a part of the whole. This would be great if the gospel were dominate, but the fact is when we (Christians) enter politics we do everything we can to keep Christ separate… from actually taking over.
It happened to the liberals with their state as savior theology and it has happened to conservatives and their moral majority.
Not only is the gospel made part of the whole it is subdued and made to say things that are not true, neither of Christ and his glorious gospel nor the “kick-ass” politico/music act. To subdue the gospel like this is to hand a cloak for vice to the masses who take in your music/polical speech. And we are not to use our Gospel liberty that way.
1 Peter 2:15-17
15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men — 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice , but as bondservants of God.