Are you familiar with the song “Take Me to Church“ by Hozier. Since its release, it has sparked both controversy and reverence. If you are not one to really listen to the words, it would be easy to misunderstand the message. It wasn’t until my son had me watch the video, that the true meaning became clear. As a Christian, myself, I was less than insulted, but instead, enlightened. Through words and music, Hozier has simply pointed out the hypocrisy of some extreme Christian beliefs.
The video depicts a young couple, happy and in love. The happiness they are feeling is shrouded in shame and detest as a man in a black hooded sweatshirt watches them from afar. His intentions do not become clear until the second half of the video as you see him and his squad of Christian extremists enter into the family home of one of the young men (yes, men, the couple is gay) and set it on fire. After punishing the family for allowing such a horrible sin, they dray the young man into the middle of the field and begin beating, leaving you to believe they kill him. All of this is being witnessed by his lover and mate. It is a truly disturbing sight and makes one question, how one human being can destroy the life of another because they do not live in a way they find acceptable.
I am very private about my faith and my relationship with God. I have friends who are atheist, agnostics, and even a Wicca. I also have friends that are Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Evangelical. When I first met all of them, it wasn’t their religious beliefs or lack there of that made me connect with them. It was their humor and the fact that they truly cared about the lives of others. I never once said, “Hey by the way, do you believe in God?”. Those issues came out over time; the best part of having these people as friends was their acceptance of our differences. Not one of them sought to change my views or what I believed… and I returned that same respect. Isn’t that how love and kindness works?
While the song “Take Me to Church” depicts the hatred that can come out of Christian extremism, it is not an all-encompassing view of Christianity. It is one view… one that has been surfacing more and more since the creation of social media. The more we can learn to empathize with those different from us, the better our world will become.
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven”
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”
Have a blessed day!
Mom of 5 amazing kids, married to Shawn, retired teacher of 19 years, cares for a total of 9 pets (3 frisky cats and 6 great-tempered dogs), daughter, really amateur photographer, photoshopper, a football, wrestling, track, baseball, dance, and tumbling mom, zazzle designer, constant dieter, handles the budget, hates to cook, addicted to coffee, trying-to-quit smoker, TV potato, and passionate about writing.