Yesterday, seemingly out of the blue, I said to my sister, "Did you know that Ray Boltz is gay?"
Chip was all, "Who's he?"
I said that he was the singer of that song that our former churchmate sang in church and our dad didn't approve of those lines in the song that said "does he still feel the nails blah blah, does he still hear them cry crucify him blah blah" (I obviously am not that familiar with the song - oh and that person didn't become a "former" churchmate because he sang that song, just to clarify, hee!). Dad pointed out that while the lines might have been worth their salt in terms of poetic and dramatic value, they conveyed a disturbing image (the incident happened almost a decade ago, so I'm super paraphrasing here based on how I recall what the issue was about, and the adjectives employed are mine). We should remember that Jesus already conquered all of that and it is OVER. To suggest that pain from that suffering lingers is inaccurate. Sure, we hurt God when we sin, but to imply that we're making Jesus go through all that suffering again every time we sin is, uh, a fallacy. Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know, all that remains from that epic and singular time in history is the victory.
Anyway, the thing is that Chip knew the song and I didn't. I knew the artist (and the gossip, er, news) and she didn't. What does that say about us? lol
Chip was all, what on earth made you think of Ray Boltz?
Good question. I tried to trace it back.
Ray Boltz came out of the closet in 2008. He sang that song that created a mild (super mild) fuss in our church many years ago. Some Christian songs have misleading messages. Hillsong composers consult with Bible experts/ theologians every time they write songs. Reuben Morgan is fiiiiinnne.
Yeah, it all started with Reuben Morgan being fine.
For that matter, Chip and I had a discussion on how to properly pronounce "theologian". I said thē-ə-ˈlō-jən and Chip started chewing on that, rolling it around her tongue. She said, it's not thē-ə-ˈlō-jē, but thē-ˈä-lə-jē. I said it's something like telephone and telephony. Not convinced, we tried it with other -logy's we knew, but there aren't biologians or anthropologians, right? So we just concluded that life would have been simpler if I had said "theologists" instead.
What's that famous proverb about idleness being the devil's workshop?