I am sick to my stomach right now. I mean I am pretty upset. I’m supposed to be studying for my lesson on Sunday morning but as I was taking a break surfing youtube for some video regarding what this post was SUPPOSED to be about, I instead found this:
That’s my favorite Christian band (and one of the only ones I have truly liked) playing for the Pope earlier this year in New York. I know I’m Johnny-come-lately on this one, but when I saw this my heart sank.
I took my wife and kids to the Nebraska State Fair last night. I don’t really care for the fair, but $5 wristbands for the kids and a free Third Day show and I’m sold. The kids got pretty restless just a few songs into the show as it was late and hot, but we stayed just long enough to head their song “Creed” which is basically the Apostle’s Creed. This by the way is the song played in the clip above. Privately this song brings tears to my eyes because the live version features an arena full of people shouting in affirmation of the Truth.
At the end of the live version of the song, Mac Powell sings out “Do you believe it?” and the crowd roars in affirmation. Hearing this song performed live again inspired me to blog on how much I look forward to worship in heaven.
I CAN’T believe it. They played it for the pope. The pope’s people have historically suppressed the Truth and even tortured and killed those who proclaimed it. The Catholic Church makes a habit of obscuring Truth, and standing in the doorway of heaven, pretending to be the gate. My heart is low.
I think I’m the most upset because the creeds of the early church were largely devised as a means of affirming truth over against incursions of false teaching. Creeds helped early Christians systematize what they believed and memorize the major points. Creeds were never meant to be all inclusive, but specifically tailored to the error of the day. To hear it offered on the behalf of the pope tuns my stomach.
Now I know that third Day has an ecumenical bent, hence the album title “Come Together”, but I was still caught totally off guard by this. Do I have to be willfully ignorant of the artist’s beliefs to whom I listen? I can deal with divergent beliefs, but I reject fellowship with antagonists of Christ’s church.