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  • Wednesday, March 28, 2007

    More than Lyrics by Elton John

    Elton John recently stated that religion produces discrimination, bias, hatred and spite. Referring to his position, he stated “From my point of view, I would ban religion completely. Organized religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it is not really compassionate.”

    Has it ever occurred to you to ask the question, if organized religion is the source and produces all these things (discrimination, bias, hatred, spite, etc.), then where did Elton John get his?

    It never ceases to amaze me, how in either debating or listening to those who oppose the truth, how often they in laying charge to believers commit the very crimes they seek to lay at the feet of believers. It’s no wonder the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 2 to unbelievers that “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things…”, (only in the case of homosexuality, both Scripture and natural intuitive knowledge affirm the position of those opposed to homosexuality as not discrimination or bias, but wisdom and truth).

    If this were not enough, one should note the additional hypocrisy, hatred, and hidden agenda when EJ states that he would “ban religion completely”, for while on the surface it appears he speaks openly and outright about his beliefs, what is not stated outright is that by doing so he would seek to deny man the most basic privilege and freedom not only to think for himself but to possess the opportunity and methods of approach to arrive at conclusions for himself. Compare the value systems where Christianity, which upon the principle that the Holy Spirit alone is the Lord of the conscience, UPHOLDS the freedom of each individual (while at the same time supporting government that provides, protects and defends); whereas some unbelievers not only OPPOSE the free expression of believers, but ultimately would SEEK TO TAKE AWAY our freedom to think and worship as we choose.

    Nothing new here, it’s been going on for ages and will continue to go on, but at the same time, it’s important both apologetically and culturally that individuals not be swooned just by EJ’s popularity, but see the issues, and note them for what they are.


    Puritan Lad said...

    If anyone wants to know how compassionate a society without religion would be, we have several great examples from last century. The Old Soviet bloc would be a good place to start.

    I get the idea that Sir Elton relaly doesn't have a problem with "religion", but rather with a Divine lawgiver. Most people really don't have a problem with religion, unless it points out the sinfulness of man. That's when we have a problem.

    jazzycat said...

    Don't you think that our PC secular culture is making an art form out of calling good evil and evil good more than ever before?

    Swordbearer said...

    Reminds me of the biblical periods, only their tactics have become sharpened over time.

    While my purposes remain ecclesiastical and not political, a good example is a new piece of legislation that under the guise of hate-crime prevention seeks to criminalize any speech critical of homosexuality or cross dressing behaviors.

    It's amazing to me how gullible societies can be to allow immoral choices such as homosexuality to be grouped in with things like race, handicaps, etc. (... and to do so even at the same time listening to and believing those who say you can't legislate morality!!! .... while they introduce legislation to try to do just that.)

    The battle is not over. Put on the armor of God! Christians must be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power!