Macklemore is a rap artist who propelled to stardom with the release of his recent album entitled “The Heist”. This album contains many hit songs, but “Same Love” is his most powerful, since he addresses the highly controversial topic of gay marriage. He wants everyone to be able to marry whomever they want.
Can Christians like this song?
Well, I’m a Christian and I love the song. In fact, it’s one of my favorite songs of 2013. I’ve know all the lyrics and I listen to the song often. I don’t agree with everything said in the song, but I like how Macklemore presents his take on this highly controversial topic.
To be clear, I’m Christian and I haven’t voted for gay marriage and I will never vote for it. A wrote a quick blog post about my complete view on gay marriage (Click this link to read it).
How could I love a song that I don’t agree with?
Macklemore’s stance is the stance of a growing number of people. My opinion isn’t the only opinion, so I enjoy hearing what he has to say. You can’t just live under a rock and expect to be able to communicate to the world about Jesus.
You have to know what is current within the culture, so that you can communicate to that culture about God.
Christians are called to be not of the world, but they are sent into the world. We cannot let the opinions contrary to Jesus tempt us to abandon Jesus and His teachings, but we must also be aware of what is current in the culture. We can use this information, so that we can find effective ways in which to share the Gospel with the world.
Some people won’t listen to a sermon, but they will listen to this song. I can ask them questions that this song addresses (The relevance of the Bible, the existence of God, Gay marriage,etc.). After listening to them, I can bring up my own thoughts. This leads me to bring up what the Bible has to say. This ignites a great discussion which only this song could produce.
This song says a lot of good things,too.
I love when Macklemore goes after rap music for being homophobic. He says,
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 become so numb to what we’re saying
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
This is a bold message for Macklemore to rap about, but it’s also a message that must be heard. Rap music is guilty of being homophobic, but so is most people.
Saying “you’re gay” as a insult is messed up. If you’re currently doing that, raise your hand and proceed to smack yourself with that hand. Gay people don’t deserve that disrespect.
The song is a bit contradictory though.
Macklemore talks a jab at Christianity when he says,
God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
He doesn’t have a favorable view of the Bible, yet the final lyrics of this song are a Bible verse. A singer sings, “Love is Patient. Love is Kind.” That quote is found in the book of 1st Corinthians. You know what else is said in the book of 1st Corinthians? Homosexuality is a sin. Interesting.
Christians can enjoy this song. No harm, no foul. However, remember that this song doesn’t portray the Biblical stance on gay marriage, so don’t call this opinion your own.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
What do you think?
Do you agree or disagree with what I wrote?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.