So the other day im in my car and routinely listening to the radio when this song comes on:
Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert
When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben, you’ve loved girls since before Pre-K!”
Tripping, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math, like
“Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those that like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God
Ahh, nah, here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And “God loves all his children” is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five hundred years ago
I don’t know
If I was gay I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re saying
Our culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
“Gay” is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment.
The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins
It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service, those words aren’t anointed
That Holy Water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same but that’s not important
No freedom til we’re equal
Damn right I support it
We press play, don’t press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes, we turn our back on the cause
‘Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walking around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Some would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear, underneath, it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up!
While this song is carrying on, my heart just breaks and here’s why. The lyrics in this song could not be truer to the human heart condition. When someone has identified him or herself with being gay/lesbian, that becomes their norm, their way of life. Now don’t get me wrong here, im not encouraging or discouraging this. What i am saying, is it’s very difficult for me as a ‘straight’ person to tell my gay counterpart to stop living a condemning lifestyle without giving him his options (stay with me, it’ll all make senses just now). It’s like telling a little kid in a candy store to eat his veggies when there are none in sight. Yes, it’s a stupid example but it kinda makes sense when you think about it.
Now here’s what im trying to say: without God, living the life we have been created to is not possible. Stop, read it again, let it sink in.
A friend once said the spirit of homosexuality is not an attack against the person, but of the future generations that are destined to come from that person. This simply means, if i don’t get married to the man predestined for me, the children from that relationship will never be born, and if there’re not born, one less Christian the Devil has to worry about. We were created to “be fruitful and multiply” (Gen 1:28a) and this is only possible in a relationship between a man and woman, as intended by God the Trinity.
The reason this particular song made my heart break is because we live in a world too quick to judge and hate, and this creates a lot of misguided ideologies, this one being one of them. A deceived person cannot change on his own, he needs Jesus. But if im busy judging this person and not showing him love, how will he get there? Then we sit with a lot of deceived people loving each other in their deception while i sit on my hands and continue to let Christ be a mythical figure in their eyes.
Jesus said “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matt 28: 19-20