I am taking a mini-break, once again, from my series on “How To Teach” specific subjects in order to address an issue that came to my attention recently. While this post does not classify as a “home-schooling” post I do believe it can be classified as a “parenting” post, particularly if you are a Christian parent, and I hope that it may cause some reflection on the part of my readers.
Before I begin I do want to make you aware that the following post concerns mature subject matter.
To jump right in, our family does not have cable television but we do get a number of channels through our antenna including a country music video station. A couple of months ago I was surfing channels when I came across a Rascal Flatts’ video on this channel that featured a completely nude woman. My 17-year old son is a huge country music fan so I told him about it the next day and let him know that this group would no longer be getting our money.
Apparently he didn’t believe me because a couple of weeks ago he said to me, “Mom, I think you’re wrong. I don’t think Rascal Flatts would do a video like that.” So of course, having to defend my maternal honor, I investigated further. And what I found was even worse than my initial observations.
Before I go further let me explain that I am going to be bringing up an “S” word in this post that doesn’t seem to be discussed in Christian circles anymore. No, I am not talking about the four-letter “S” word, I am talking about a three-letter “S” word. That word is “sin.” For some reason it is a word, or perhaps a topic, that doesn’t get too much attention anymore…no doubt it is politically incorrect to proclaim certain behaviors “sin” in these enlightened times. But I am pretty sure it is a subject that still concerns God considering that it is the reason that he sent his only Son to Earth to live among us and to be tortured for us and to die for us. Seems like a pretty serious subject to me.
Please understand that if Rascal Flatts were just another music group, I would certainly not be taking up my time and yours to bring this up in a post. But the men of Rascal Flatts claim to be Christians. Yet their claims and their actions simply don’t line up. Allow me to explain, if you will, in clear (and graphic) terms what was contained in this music video:
Throughout this video a “model” by the name of Christina Auria is seen completely nude. What this means is that, not only did the men of Rascal Flatts observe this woman completely naked but so did the lighting crew, the camera crew, the director, the caterer, and who knows who else – not to mention the millions who have viewed this video. The behavior that was participated in by all these people, including the men of Rascal Flatts, has a name and that name is sin.
Moreover, there was a sex scene in this video as well. In this sex scene the aforesaid naked woman got into bed with the equally naked Joe Don Rooney (a member of the band) and there was either a simulated or actual sex act that was videotaped. Frankly I don’t know if the sex act was real or simulated but this is what Joe Don Rooney had to say about it: “(The directors) said, ‘You’re going to lie here, she’s going to do this, and you’re going to like it. It happened pretty quickly, and it was over, to be honest.’”
What is the “it” that this woman did? I don’t know and neither do you, only the people that were there know. But what I do know is that two people who are not married to each other got into bed naked for the purpose of videotaping whatever it is that occurred in that bed and there is a word for that and it is sin.
One of the many things that is so distressing about this is that, not only did the supposedly Christian members of the band Rascal Flatts participate in sexual sin, but they also promoted that sexual sin and furthermore, when they were confronted by some about the sexual nature of the video, instead of repenting of this sexual sin, they defended this sexual sin. Here’s another quote from a member of the band: “Says group member Jay DeMarcus: ‘We wanted to get the best, classy interpretation of the song that we could possibly do. It’s a sexy song. It’s about preparing to love on your significant other.’”
Allow me to point something out here that apparently has escaped Mr. DeMarcus: nowhere in the Bible does it say that it is acceptable for “significant others” to engage in sexual relations. As a matter of fact, there is a very specific qualification for engaging in sexual activity according to Scripture and that is that it is only to take place between a man and a woman who are joined in marriage. That’s it. Anything else is sin.
Personally, when I read the comments by these band members I was disgusted. I am so fed up with celebrities who claim to be Christians, who get up on a stage and talk about how God has blessed them and they are so thankful to him…and then they walk off that stage and go out and participate in, promote, and defend sexual sin.
I am fed up with Christians who treat pornography (which this video is) as if it were a joke or a harmless past-time. It’s not. It figures significantly in the sex trade that is going on in communities in this country today. There are an estimated 100,000 women and children being sexually trafficked in this country alone. Worldwide the number is probably in the millions. Women and children being used to satisfy the perverted desires of men. And when Rascal Flatts, the members of which claim to be Christians, participate in, promote and defend sexual sin, they are part of the problem not a part of the solution.
The last thing I want to say is addressed to Christian celebrities (and if you know any, pass this along!) – it’s time to put up or shut up. If you are an athlete or a musical artist or any other kind of person in the public eye and you want to tell people that you are a Christian, then for goodness sake, live it. Get in the Word, learn what it says and then do it. And if you’re not willing to be politically incorrect and you’re not willing to live a clean life then for goodness sake, shut up.
The Bible has some pretty serious things to say about those that would lead others astray. See particularly Matthew 18:6. When Christian celebrities, such as the men of Rascal Flatts, treat sexual sin as anything less than it is, before the possibly millions of young people who listen to their music and attend their concerts, they are leading these “little ones” astray. In a society that is awash in STD’s and that kills over one million preborn children every year, this is not simply a blip on the radar. It is serious, deadly business. And until the men of Rascal Flatts repent of this sin, my family will not be interested in anything else they have to say.Print This Post