Someone wrote and arranged all this because what, someone decided there wasn’t enough ‘fabulous’ in the hymns the Church was already singing from?
Isn’t the whole POINT of religious worship the idea that we adapt in a process of aligning ourselves to values and transcendent enduring ideas rather than shoehorning it to fit into whichever cultural fads are on the ascendency this week?
But here we are, insisting the worship of now God be broadened to give special and ‘inclusive’ deference to a behavior that was universally acknowledged as a sort of moral rebellion against our creator only a generation or two ago.
A group known as the Hymn Society has released a collection titled Songs for the Holy Other: Hymns Affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ Community for liturgical use in the United States and Canada.
Among the nearly 50 “queer hymns” featured in the collection are: “God of Queer Transgressive Spaces,” “Lovely, Needy People,” “Quirky Queer and Wonderful” and “The Kingdom of God is the Queerest of Nations.”
Because that’s what the church has been REALLY crying out for — a queer eye for the church-y guy. That’s far more necessary than an unvarnished declaration of Jesus being King like what we’ve seen from Kanye in recent months, with thousands of people showing up at a moment’s notice, and hands shooting up all over the place when an I-kid-you-not altar call goes out.
But wait, there’s more:
“In our society and in our churches, we continue to build walls marking ‘out’ and ‘in,’” the text reads. “We continue to mark boundaries of ‘us’ and ‘them,’ of ‘normal’ and ‘other.’”
“Songs for the Holy Other aims to provide congregations working to dismantle these walls with a toolbox of hymns by and for those who identify as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, nonbinary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, aromantic, two-spirit, and other sexual/gender minority (LGBTQIA2S+) community and their allies,” it proclaims.
The preface also explains that the title of the collection, Songs for the Holy Other, “is a self-conscious claiming of otherness as holy and beloved of God.”
We can’t help but notice that none of the experiences THEY are laying out with this ‘wall-breaking’ hymn book of acceptance grapple with the brutal realities of the life lived by Joseph Scambria before he found faith in God: ‘Surviving Gay’: A Firsthand Account You’d NEVER Hear From the LGBT Crowd
A quick browsing of the songs and lyrics reveals a key difference between these and traditional hymns: the audience is not God himself, but the gender-nonconforming congregants they anticipate will be in attendance.
It is NOT, ultimately, a celebration of God. It’s a celebration of HUMANITY.
Contrast that even to the Psalms, which have a lot of ‘I’ references. The Psalms direct attention of the psalmist God-ward.
“Against You, you alone have I sinned O Lord”
“Yea though I walk through the Valley of Death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me”
What’s interesting about that distinction? Oh, nothing much… it just bears a striking similarity to something else.
You know that passage in Romans 1 that explicitly denounces exactly the sort of sexual practices these guys want us to celebrate? Before it goes into the list of profane behavior, it gives a statement about the moral precursor of the sinful behaviors that follow.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. — Romans 1:24-25
A cursory reading of the Old Testament should be enough to remind us that the Thrice-Holy God is not in the habit of letting the feelings and whims of the worshippers dictate how one will approach HIM.
Those who tried to ‘reinvent’ religion to fit into the cultural and pagan mores of their neighbors got slapped with heavy divine negative sanctions.
Those who think that the Modern Church is somehow LESS accountable to meeting a Holy God on HIS terms and not our own is walking a dangerous path.
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