Paul's Passing Thoughts

Something to Ponder: The Night Real Death Visited a Celebration of Death

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 18, 2015

EODMCan we, or should we, separate death and evil as an entertainment theme from the true reality of death and evil?”

It’s safe to assume that if most Christians really don’t understand justification, and they don’t, they understand sanctification even less. Sanctification deals with Christian living after salvation, and the wisdom thereof. More specifically, it’s knowledge in loving God and others.

The manual for such wisdom is the Bible, or in other words, the law (see Gal 3:21-23). Elsewhere in Scripture, the antithesis of love is a direct rejection of Scripture, or what we call antinomianism (Greek: anomia). This is the word translated “lawlessness” in Matthew 24:12, or without law (anomia).The process in Matthew 24:11,12 is worthy of notation: cold hearts are the result of people being led astray from the law by false teachers. In the latter days, the days we are in, this will involve “many.” This is why the flippant discernment among Christians in our day, and an overall inability to think drives me nuts, and in my estimation, the very reason that love is lacking in the church. In fact, the one’s labeled “unloving” among Christians are those who call for holding leaders accountable. Think about this: are we obligated to obey “God’s anointed” if they are leading us into lovelessness? How many of the guys in Matthew 24:11 insist that we “put ourselves under the authority of Godly men”? No, you never trade love for obedience to men and their definition of love whatever that might be.

In Romans 2:12-16, we find that the works of the law are written on the hearts of every individual born into the world along with a conscience that speaks words to the mind. These words that come from the conscience either accuse or excuse. Therefore, the law, or law-like principles inform the judge, ie., the conscience. Based on this, I buy into what I heard a police detective say: “Psychopaths aren’t born, they’re made.” Information intake makes the judge, and a person is the product of the judge speaking to their minds. This is what you are doing when you read to your children at bedtime: you are informing and training their judge.

Of course, this is critical in regard to the spiritual development of our children, and I am not sure where this interconnects with the actual salvation of our children, but the apostle Paul seemed to have a radical view of right thinking for all professing Christians. He demanded that EVERY thought, that is “every” thought, be taken captive, interrogated, and brought into alignment with the law of love (2Cor 10:5). Furthermore, it was Paul’s objective to “destroy” EVERY…mere opinion? This is very interesting in light of an accusation leveled against me on a continual basis: “Why do have to over-think everything?” And in addition, “Why do you have to argue about everything? Oh, here we go again, Paul thinks that error—go figure!”

So this post is some more “over-thinking.” I’m not much for do’s and don’ts and the condemnation thereof, but I wonder in light of the law of love: should Christians celebrate death? Should Christians continually seek out contradictory thinking in their lives? Based on the fact that we are commanded to take every thought captive, the answer to the latter is probably, “yes.”

This is where the recent terror attack in Paris has me pondering, specifically in regard to the attack on the Bataclan Concert Hall where the band, “Eagles of Death Metal” were playing. Can we, or should we, separate death and evil as an entertainment theme from the true reality of death and evil? You make your own observations, but I find myself pondering the visitation of real death and evil on a celebration of, well, death and evil. Whether the answer is yes or no, what are the implications for our lives and even the functioning of our conscience? Are the two categories of entertainment theme verses reality something that can really be completely separate? If nothing else, this is a question pertinent to our youth, no?

Aside from the fact that it goes without saying the act was horrific, consider the opening song that was playing when the terrorists entered: “Kiss the Devil.” Some of the lyrics follow:

Who’ll love the devil?…
Who’ll song his song?…
Who will love the devil and his song?…
I’ll love the devil!…
I’ll sing his song!…
I will love the devil and his song!…
Who’ll love the devil?…
Who’ll kiss his tongue?…
Who will kiss the devil on his tongue?…
I’ll love the devil!…
I’ll kiss his tongue!…

Wow, just wow. This whole scenario is just stunning to think about. Is there a lesson here somewhere? What does the Bible, the law of love say about the devil? It says “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.” And, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning” (Jn 8:33 KJV). So, as this song was being played to the jubilant crowd, those who share this lust for murder walked in and begin mowing people down with assault rifles who just moments before were celebrating the father of murder. This is indeed a bizarre scene.

But let’s consider other hits by this band that more than likely would have been played that night. Here are the lyrics of “Midnight Creeper,”

Well I come in through your window
I see your family there
Yes I’m the midnight creeper
When I go creepin y’all better beware
Well Your child is gently sleeping
Pleasant dreams are in his head
That wife of yours is a sweet young thing
When I leave your wife’ll be dead
Well my steel is sharp and silent
The devil guides my hand
Well I just love to slit them throats
And creep all around this land

Somebody help me out here. What is the logical disconnect that would have kept the concert-goers from actually embracing the terrorists? In fact, one survivor initially thought the attack was part of the show. Are celebrant thoughts of murdering children simply cool, and not their own deaths? For Christians, does death as an entertainment theme fall into the category of love, or at least liberty?

Phil 4:8,9 says to dwell on “lovely” things and peace will follow. Perhaps that’s something to think about in all of this.


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  1. lydia00 said, on November 18, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I can pretty much speculate that mapping the celebration of evil and death at a concert venue did not map to actual evil and death….in their minds.

    The question is why?

    When I was a teenager, I attended a Led Zeppelin concert. At one point they burned a bible on stage. I was stunned. I had given no thought to what anything they sang actually meant. I told my companions I was sick and waited for them in the car. I did not have the wisdom to articulate my thoughts later. All I knew was I had to get out.

    Why did I react that way? I found their act purposely affirming evil. If I stayed, I would be complicit? Perhaps my parents had more influence early on than I might have imagined?


  2. Oasis said, on November 20, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    Hey, Pearl, that sounds like the song with the same name: Black Sabbath? Just took another listen. Not the best idea in the middle of the night, oops. That one is, uh…yes, I agree, creepy and disturbing. Oh no, better listen to something else, it just went on repeat in my head! You and I could probably come up with many songs that would work so well for the Sunday morning rituals, with their messages of death and monster god worship…

    Expletives, ah, if you could read my thoughts/hear me from afar. Yes, is there anything more important than coming alongside people, seeing them, hearing them? Regarding them and their pain? Not a whole lot, if you ask me.


  3. lydia00 said, on November 20, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    “But I draw the line at the satanic, scary stuff”

    That is pretty much where I am, too. The words of my mom seemed to stay with me: Would you invite a snake into your house?


  4. Oasis said, on November 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Snakes always get such a bad rap. 🙂

    Weird Al, haha! Great idea, thanks!

    I was a kid in the ’80s but don’t remember Talk Talk. Going to try for the silly grins! As for The Call, never heard of them, either, but checked out that one song’s lyrics just now, and…wow. They definitely work.

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