A Comment About Rascal Flatts

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.

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  • What about Kate Perry?

    “…in my skin-tight jeans….let’s go all the way tonight…”

    A minister’s daughter too!

    • Anonymous

      Katie Perry is a mess. It’s actually sad how many young singers start out as really nice kids and then the fame hits them…

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I really appreciate whenever you stop by.

    • LikeItIs

      It’s sad.  She admitted to “selling her soul” a while ago.  I believe her.  She said she tried Gospel music & doors din’t open.  Maybe she should have waited for God’s timing instead of stabbing Him in the heart doing it any old kind of way.  I don’t mean to condemn anyone, but God is SOOO good to us!  I just don’t understand how anyone could taste & seee he’s good & INTENTIONALLY BETRAY Him.  Gotta pray for her though.

  • I totally agree with you! I hadn’t heard about that video, but they will be off my list. I’m glad I don’t let my children watch the videos as most of them are trash. As to your celebrities, I was watching ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ the other night and they had Gwenith Paltrow on it who finds that she is related to some Jewish Rabis (sp?) and she is so enthralled that she has this spiritual background, but yet she appears in bad movies. For some reason 2 + 2 doesn’t make 4 to her and to many other celebrities living their worldly lifestyles, but yet proclaim to be spiritual or Christian. Unfortunately, I can only see the world getting more wicked. It puts a lot of responsibility on us as parents to make sure that we are teaching our children good morals and values and make sure that our homes are places of refuge from the world. Limiting the music, tv, books, and movies are great places to start.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t agree more. I have totally lost respect for most (almost all!) actresses because they are so ready to lose their clothes these days…that’s after all how Gwyneth Paltrow got her Academy Award!

      We do have to be very discerning with our children. It is one of the many reasons why home-schooling is so powerful.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

  • Thinking4ward

    It’s a shame, a perfect oportunity to let Christ “shine” and for all the world to see by being who and what you say you are, and instead, they turn down the light and let the darkness “shine”. Thank you to those few in Hollywood and in every corner of this world who do take a stand and keep it. Thank “you” for for writing this article and for the stand you take ! ! !

    • Anonymous

      Not too many in Hollywood these days that hold up any kind of righteous standard…and those that do are usually marginalized. But it was truly shocking and disturbing beyond words that this group would engage in what is clearly sinful behavior. This is not rocket science. How many ways do you need to hear, “No fornication,” in order to get the message? Truly pathetic.

      Thanks for commenting…don’t forget to share it on Facebook! 🙂

  • thanks for your boldness and for speaking TRUTH – too often people wink at sin and conform to the values of society….why is it that so many insist on entertaining themselves with the very things Christ died for?? Keep shining sweet bella, stopping by from SITS 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much for the encouragement. And I couldn’t agree with you more…

      I’m so glad you stopped by…it is really such a boost to hear from someone new who took the time to read…and comment! Have a splendid week!

  • Theresa Cochran

    Anne: I agree w/ you…the bible says, if anyone causes these little ones to sin, it would be better that a stone was tied around his neck & he be put in the ocean. We shoud pray for their salvation & write to them to let them know we won’t be supporting them anymore & to…like you said…’get with it or get out’
    Luv you Cuz, ~Theresa

    • Anonymous

      Hey Cuz!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I hope the family (and you especially!) are doing well.

  • Very good article. Thank you for the heads up.

    Blessings
    Honey

    • Anonymous

      You’re welcome! Glad you stopped by!

  • QueenReader

    Thank you for your well thought out post.

    • Anonymous

      I appreciate you taking the time to read it and I also appreciate your kind comment.

  • ChristianInTheMusicBiz

    I often wonder about this topic. I was home schooled through high school and raised in an honest Christian home. I am currently earning my second college degree and working in the music industry in Nashville, TN. I work with artists like Rascal Flatts. This article means a lot to me because I am often faced with the same kind of decision that you made.

    First I would like to say that it is not an easy industry to work in. There are many temptations to fight. I have discovered that most Christian artists are more hypocritical than secular or country artists. A lot of people don’t know this. Yet, we continue to give Christian artists our business not even knowing what they do off stage.
    Some secular artists don’t care about their lifestyle, so acting anyway they want keeps them from being hypocrites.What I am trying to say is, if people really knew how the majority of artists in any genre acted off stage, they would probably stop listening to music altogether. It can be quite depressing when you find out something awful about your favorite artist. I know. Not supporting certain artists (not necessarily RF) doesn’t mean that they will stop acting the way that they do. In all truth, that artist is working for a label who might have 3 honestly Christian people who work there to support their families. If we eliminate all of the Christian influence in these artists life then who is going to be an example for them? There is a way to live in the world but not be of the world. I need other Christians around to keep me strong and vice-versa.

    We shouldn’t surround ourselves with things that cause us to sin, but we shouldn’t be afraid of the sinner because it is our job to save them. The best thing that my mother did for me was explain the sin of the world and why it was wrong. She did limit tv and cd content exposure but she explained why we weren’t going to watch or listen. I like that you explained this to your son. I have had many friends leave home and completely lose their minds because their parents hid sin from them instead of explaining it to them. Continue to do this with your son. He will thank you later. 🙂

    Second, something that I learned in my spiritual growth is that we are all sinners no matter what. Sin is equal in God’s eyes. We each answer to him in our own time.

    • Anonymous

      First let me say that I appreciate you leaving such a long and thoughtful comment.

      In response to a few things you said…I do not hold secular artists to the same standard if they do not claim to have a Christian faith. That is one of the points of my post – if you are going to claim to be a Christian, then live it.

      And one of the huge problems with what Rascal Flatt did is that they were confronted about their sin and refused to repent. Again, we do all sin, but when someone speaks truth to us and we refuse to repent, we are even more accountable, I believe. And when you are committing that sin in public and leading impressionable young people astray, again I believe you are doubly accountable.

      Finally, while we are all sinners and Jesus died for every sin whether that is lying or sexual sin, I do not believe all sin is equal. In fact, the Bible tells us it is not. The Bible tells us that sexual sin is worse because “it is a sin against our own body.” I don’t even think we can quite comprehend all that means but it is very clear that sexual sin has the potential to do damage that is far greater than some other sins…it can even lead to the murder of the unborn.

      I may not know about all the hypocrisy that is going on in the music industry, or any other industry for that matter. But when I do become aware, I then have a responsibility. That’s another part of what this post is about, having learned the disgusting details behind this music video I can no longer in good conscience support Rascal Flatts and I felt strongly that I needed to make others aware as well.

      Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      • Bhapich

        My goodness…no wonder the world doesn’t know what Christians stand for, rather they only hear about what Christians are against!  Who appointed us to judge other Christians?  Or anyone, for that matter?  “Let him who has not sinned cast the first stone”…..or “Remove the log in your own eye before pointing to the speck in your neighbor’s eye”.  I can’t understand taking your time to write about your judgements of someone else.  Sorry….

        • annegalivan

          Who appointed us to judge other Christians? Well, the Apostle Paul for one.  Try reading 1 Corinthians 5, which actually says that we should expel from our midst those Christians who would engage in sexual sin.  The Church would certainly look interesting if we did that.  In fact, it might actually start looking like the Church.

          You obviously haven’t read this post fully, or the comments I have left.  I wrote this post because MILLIONS of young people, including Christian young people, listen to Rascal Flatts, go to their concerts, and watch their music videos.  Eventually they are going to come across this evil, disgusting sex video. And if their parents are clueless about this…if they believe the claims of the men of Rascal Flatts that they are Christians…then they will no doubt think it is harmless for their children to watch RF’s videos.  

          I wrote this post to alert those parents and to protect their PRECIOUS children from being exposed to smut. Which is far more important to me than not hurting the feelings of those who seem far more intent on castigating me for bringing up this subject, than for rightly condemning the actions of men who would objectify women and demean God’s gift of sex which belongs only between married couples.

  • LikeItIs

    I find this very sad as well.  I always had a problem with the fact that in one of their songs(I don’t recall which one) but they say something like “Girls, pop the top!”  So I’m thinking, are you guys(you “Christian Men of Valor”?) encouraging women to be slutty & go topless in public? 

    I’m sadly learning that a lot of the hollywood “Christians”(the non-genuine ones) who seem to be the most famous are actually really Free Masons.  Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber, just to name a few. 

    There are some GENUINE CHRISTIAN CELEBS out there though, but it’s really sad & scary how many there are who are faking it because they’ve literally sold their soul for fame, success & longevity.  All things that the REAL GOD can give them if they would ONLY TRUST in HIM!  Thanks for sharing!  This info is so important to the Christian community!  NO ONE needs to be deceived! 

  • LikeItIs

    BTW, my comment is not meant to CONDEMN any of these people because Christians ARE NOT PERFECT.  We strive toward maturity through JESUS strength every day.  I will be praying for the people I mentioned.  God does show his love & grace toward ALL of us.  He doesn’t throw us away just because we make a mistake(s).  However, there’s a huge difference in making mistakes and having moments of weakness(cause we’re all HUMAN), and knowing He’s good & throwing it back in His face on purpose. That’s blasphemy.  MISTAKE are MISTAKES, but don’t AIM to HURT GOD INTENTIONALLY.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think you need to apologize or correct anything you said.  God does not call us to bury our heads in the sand regarding those who claim to be Christians yet live a completely different lifestyle.  As a matter of fact, the apostle Paul had some pretty harsh words for those that were living in AND TOLERATING sexual sin in their midst.

      If you carefully read the letters of the New Testament it becomes clear that we are not supposed to tolerate sinful lifestyles.  As you point out, that is different than a moment of weakness or falling into tempation.  When someone repents sincerely we are supposed to welcome them back with open arms.

      Which does bring me back to one of the points in my post that still stuns me…that Rascal Flatts was confronted about this very sinful video and they not only refused to repent but they DEFENDED their actions.  They defended their sin!  It is mind-boggling to me.  The more that time goes on the more I wonder how many Christian men there are out there who truly GET IT, by which I mean: men who will defend women’s honor and reputations; who will protect women by, for one thing, refusing to partake of pornography; who will STAND UP to other Christian men and say “enough is enough.”  There are far fewer men like this than one might think by the rhetoric you hear.  I wish it were not so but my observations of what is going on in the world continue to confirm my feelings about this.

      Thank you for stopping by to comment.  I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this topic. 

  • James

    Hmmm…very interesting posts by all, but I would like to weigh in a little differently on this topic.

    I also recall from my Bible, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.

    I think that it is reaching to suggest this video is “pornography” and posit that sex is a natural human act that goes beyond simple reproduction. The comment by the 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.”

    There is nothing about the words “significant other” that does not mean spouse. Is your spouse not “significant”? Unless you are there to have the conversation with the parties, it is a little unfair to pick a few words out of an article somewhere.

    Perhaps you are not aware that Mr Rooney was chosen for the “relationship” in the video because the other two declined because they are married.

    I can assure you that no actual sex occurs in the video. This would not only be unprofessional, it would be illegal in most states. And “caterers” would not be viewing this taping. In almost every “love scene” in a movie, lighting, sound etc are done while the actors are fully clothed and then the set is cleared, usually leaving the director and possibly a Director of Photography in the room. This is not a moment of intimacy by any stretch of the imagination. It is technical, boring, embarrassing, tiring and staged. The editing merely makes it look more intimate.

    I, frankly, agree with the band. It is a sexy song and they managed to capture the essence of that artfully without having to be prudish. There was no skin visible that you would not see every day on a beach and there is nothing in the Bible that demands the human form be covered.

    I accept your opinion, but I do not believe anything about this song or video is lewd, crude or leads children astray. Furthermore, it is our jobs as parents to educate our children about the ways of the world. We cannot shelter them every moment of their lives and by having direct honest communication we can put the video, lyrics and artistry into context so that kids are empowered to differentiate between real life and fiction. They are less likely to be titillated than if the human form is made out to be merely sexual and forbidden.

    I applaud the band undertaking such a controversial video. I would be less interested if they played it “safe” with their artistry to appease a particular constituency.

    Well, thanks for letting me air my opinion. Take care

    • Anonymous

      You are certainly entitled to your opinion but from a biblical basis you are certainly wrong. 

      As far as pulling the one Scripture out about, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…” – it would be ludicrous to suggest that means we are not to point out sinful behavior and warn against it.  Even a cursory reading of Scripture reveals that.

      Secondly, the term “significant other” is clearly used in our society today to encompass anyone that you have a romantic relationship with and these men know that.  By using that term they are making clear that they don’t consider marriage to be the only acceptable relationship for sexual activity, which the Bible clearly and repeatedly states.

      I’m quite aware that Mr. Rooney was “chosen” for the video because he was unmarried.  I am also aware that Mr. Rooney was told, “You’re going to lie here, she’s going to do this, and you’re going to like it.”  YOU in fact do not know what did, or did not, occur in that bed because they don’t say.

      You may not be aware but when you see sex acts in movies today that are rated “R” usually an actual sex act is taking place.  This did not use to be the way in movies but it is certainly the case today.  And this is sin.  Not only because in almost every case these people are not married to each other but also because the sex act is supposed to be a PRIVATE EVENT THAT TAKES PLACE BETWEEN TWO MARRIED PEOPLE.

      By the way, there are many verses in the Bible that tell us that nudity is wrong.  In fact the words “naked” and “nakedness” are associated frequently in the Bible with the word “shame” for a reason.  Just because people choose not to cover their bodies appropriately does not justify this objectionable and sinful video.

      A couple final points.  It is possible to do a video about romance without making it into something exploitative and sinful as this video is.  For instance, the song “Firecracker” by Josh Turner is clearly about romance in a sexual context yet the video for that song is 100% non-objectionable.  It has no sexual conotation whatsoever.  It is actually quite cute.

      Furthermore, as a parent of four children, including two grown children, I strongly disagree with your statement that, “They are less likely to be titillated than if the human form is made out to be merely sexual and forbidden.”  Believe me sex is not a subject that is taboo in our family.  As a matter of fact we have made a point to educate our sons about the dangers of pornography and viewing women as objects.  Sex is not a topic that is off-limits…but we make it clear what sexual sin is – it is looking at nude photos or videos (such as the one in question), it is sexual sin to view the sex act as something that is recreational or can take place between two people who are not married, for instance.

      You do not say so but you do not seem to accept the biblical standards concerning dress and what is acceptable sexual activity.  The “human form” as you call it is not something to be ogled (as it certainly would be by men viewing the nude woman in this video), the human form is supposed to be covered, and nudity belongs in the bedroom when a husband and wife are together…AND ALONE.  It is not an act that supposed to be played out, whether clearly or implied, for all the world to view.

  • Scott

    Judge not, lest ye be judged. I am a born again Christian, and while I am on board with limiting your children’s exposure to this type of activity, I am not on board with questioning someone’s salvation. You say numerous times “people claimIng to be Christians”. We don’t know someone’s heart. God does, and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. But a primary point for consideration here is that only 1 man lived a blameless life. These men may not be putting out true Christian values in this instance but to cast doubt on their beliefs (ultimately their Salvation) is a fruitless exercise.

    • Anonymous

      While I think you may have been extrapolating that I am questioning the salvation of these band members, I will add that Jesus was the one who said, “You will know them by their fruit…” i.e. you don’t get bad fruit from a good tree and vice versa.

      The bottom line is that what these men did was reprehensible, and I also have a problem with Christian men who seem to feel the need to come to their defense rather than condemning their actions.

  • Martinsj

    Oh dear ….. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1, 2 NIV)

    • annegalivan

      You are taking Scripture out of context.  How about reading 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”

      Or better yet, check out Matthew 18:6, as I pointed out above, “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

      I make no apologies for informing parents of the sinful message that Rascal Flatts sent to millions of “little ones.”

  • David F

    Anne, although I do NOT say their video was good as far as Christianity goes, let’s not jump to saying they are hypocrites. 

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t see your post stating that  they tell people to live a holy lifestyles. They might say they are Christians, but just being a Christian doesn’t automatically make you a hypocrite if you sin. They might be on the path to change like the rest of us. Now if they blatantly said this kind of video is a sin and then went ahead and made it after stating that, then that would be hypocritical. 

    You can’t say they are NOT Christians and you can’t say they are hypocrites. What I know can be said for a fact is that it was wrong to make this kind of video and for all we know, maybe they thought it was harmless, but didn’t judge correctly.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know the full story of this band, but if they DID say anything in the past to contradict what they produced, then yeah that was a hypocritical action. But you article simply implies that claiming to be a christian means you are a hypocrite when you sin. If that’s the case, all Christians who still make the mistake of sinning, ARE HYPOCRITES!

    I will also add that the people in here who are saying we cannot judge are wrong. We CAN judge, if we are free of the judgement we are judging people with. Although we as Christians must do it out of love, otherwise it would be pointless. For example, i don’t go around punching people when i’m mad, so i can tell someone who does go around punching people that they shouldn’t be doing that and that it is wrong. live what you preach is what i’m sayin! If we were unable to judge, then none of us can preach to even begin with!

    • annegalivan

      First I want to say “thank you” for taking the time to read and comment on this post.

      However, I have to say I have become a little frustrated at how many people have remonstrated with me for calling this group out on their sin.

      What I do know is that Rascal Flatts:

      a) claim to be Christians;

      b) made a sex video that involved a naked woman; (frequently) throughout the video and that included one of the band members getting in bed, naked, with that woman and then climbing out of the bed with his bare backside showing, and;

      c) when they were confronted about the unbiblical content of this video they defended it instead of repenting.

      One of the biggest frustrations to me in all this is that this video, like all pornography (and this is pornography) objectifies women.  It tells young men that women want to be seen, not as people, but as objects to be used.

      And when young men get exposed to pornography that, by its very nature, objectifies women, it subjects all women to potential sexual violation. 

      It is a fact that there are a certain percentage of men who will not be satisfied just looking at porn.  They will go out and force themselves on women – yes, they will rape women, to get that same thrill that just looking no longer provides.

      And the more men that are looking at porn, and it’s epidemic these days, the more men there will be who will commit these acts against women (and children, I might add). 

      Moreover, all the young girls who are fans of Rascal Flatts, who watch this video, are being sent the message that they are only valuable for their bodies.  They are only valuable if their bodies are perfect, and if a man wants that body for their sexual gratification.

      I do want to say that I appreciate your acknowledgement that, as Christians, we not only have the right, but the obligation, to point out sin.  In other words, we ARE supposed to judge each other!  Paul even says this in his letters.  

      When Jesus said not to judge, he said not to judge if we are doing the same thing!  This is what you point out, and I’m glad that you see that.  The church is in a disgraceful state today largely because everyone thinks we’re just supposed to be “accepting” of everyone and everything, even when the Bible clearly says some things are not just sin, but abominable sin!  And I will point out again, that those who lead “these little ones” astray will be very seriously judged in the next life.

      Finally, I wish that my readers would worry less about whether Rascal Flatts are really Christians or not, and whether I am calling them hypocrites or not.  All I know is that the members of Rascal Flatts publicly claim to be Christians, yet they produced a sex video.  And I wanted parents to know so they could protect their kids.  It’s as simple as that.

      Again, I do appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment on my blog.  But it seems I have to keep clarifying my purpose in this article, which was to warn parents about this video, and perhaps to make an impression on some young men who are not yet addicted to the sin that is pornography, which is destroying lives just as surely as any other addiction – but not only destroying lives but souls as well.

  • David F

    Anne, for sure what they produced was garbage. I hated watching it as a christian myself.  And yes it destroys lives. Absolutely right there.

    All I’m saying that when you say 
    “All I know is that the members of Rascal Flatts publicly claim to be Christians, yet they produced a sex video. ”
    It has DEFINITIVE implications that they can’t be true Christians since they did this. 

    I had to reply because you may not have noticed that implication which can throw people off. Just like you are trying to keep parents and families safe, I must write these comments to defend the truth. 

    • annegalivan

      I think that your final paragraph does make a good point.  Our society is far too accepting of pornography, and in fact, many Christian men are also trapped in the sin of pornography – some want to change, others are unrepentant.  I have read many comments on forums, or in blog posts, where men who claim to be Christians will joke about using pornography…they will say that they have to remember to “clear their caches” so that their wives don’t find out what they’re up to.  It’s appalling.

      As far as your concern – that others have expressed as well – that I am implying that the members of this group “claim” to be Christians i.e. I am calling them hypocrites or saying they aren’t really Christians – I would refer you to Jesus’ own words: “you will know them by their fruit.”

      Yes, we all sin.  But I think it is VERY important to note that AFTER this group of men were confronted about this sinful video, they DEFENDED it.  They did not repent.  This tells me something about their hearts.  No, I do not know what their fate will be when they meet their Maker.  I do know that they had the opportunity to repent, and chose not to.  I hope maybe that clarifies my point a little bit.

  • Bradlez01

    As mentioned by someone earlier, perhaps these men were on a journey to change.

    http://www.theboot.com/2012/07/09/rascal-flatts-break-up-changed-album/

    • annegalivan

      When I see them specifically repudiate that sex video, then I will believe it.

      These men have claimed to be Christians for many years, yet they still made a sex video and when they were confronted about it by fans they did not repent, but defended it.  They said the song was a sexy song about making love to your “significant other” – their words, not mine – yet the Bible teaches that traditional marriage is the only appropriate sexual relationship.  They also said they wanted the video to express the sexiness of the song.  So they made a literal sex video.  This video is porn.  Again, when I see them specifically repudiate making this video, then I will believe in their “change.”

      I’ve also pointed out that Josh Turner has a song called “Firecracker” which certainly has some racy lyrics, perhaps too racy.  Yet if you watch the video of this song there is absolutely NOTHING sexual about it.  Which proves you can make a tasteful video about “making love” that is not pornographic.