It sounds like a harmless invitation: “Take me to church.” But we’re talking about the title to one of the hottest songs in the country, Grammy-nominated no less. You might want to think twice about accepting the offer. Hozier, the Irish sing-songwriter who penned the hit, has a different kind of church in mind – a sanctuary of eroticism and hedonism. The chorus declares, Take me to church, I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your life, I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife, Offer me that deathless death, Good God, let me give you my life. In fact, the lyric aren’t about a real church but the “worship in the bedroom” of his lover, a 50-shades-of-grey kind of love. Plus the lyrics are heterosexual; but the video features two gay men passionately making love, and then being pursued by a homophobic group of vigilantes. Confusing. But there is no confusion about the intent in the words to the song.
Hozier takes lyrical licentiousness to a whole new level; but the worst part is the sickening attack on Christian faith: ‘We were born sick,’ you heard them say [Original sin, I presume.], My church offers no absolutes, I was born sick but I love it. Amen. I’m a pagan of the good times, My lover’s the sunlight to keep the Goddess on my side, She demands a sacrifice. Something meaty for the main course, That’s a fine looking high horse, What you got in the stable? That look’s tasty. There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin. Only then I am clean. Amen. [Absolution through fornication?]
I hesitate to expose such filth, but remember that this song tops the charts and has been given the highest accolade by the music business, a potential Grammy. Beats headphone (I’ll never buy one!) featured the tune with basketball superstar LeBron James. The fact that mocking religious faith with pornographic lyrics could take America by storm is disgusting and telling about how far down the tubes we’ve gone as a nation. Hozier can be glad he didn’t write about Mohammed and call the song, “Take me to the mosque.” There would be a price on his head.
An encouraging word: GOD WILL SHOW HIS WONDER
Show the wonder of your great love. In Psalm 17:7 the writer issued this challenge to God. At first it might seem a bit arrogant for a mere man to issue this “dare” to the Almighty. To David, this was a kind of prayer, putting God to the test to demonstrate his power and awe. Some would be afraid to pray that kind of petition. They aren’t sure that God even answers prayers at all. Often these individuals had earthly fathers who were neglectful or indifferent. They wonder how they could expect more of their Heavenly Father. Your human parent may have been less than commendable, but God is perfect. If you ask Him, he will show the wonders of his love, a love you may not have known in your own home.
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