Redeeming the Taboos

adj 1: excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject" [syn: forbidden, out(p), prohibited, proscribed, tabu, verboten]
2: forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands [syn: tabu]
n 1: a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature [syn: tabu]
2: an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion [syn: tabu] v : declare as sacred and forbidden
- WordNet® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

It is said that God is the redeemer of the times. He is also the redeemer of several other things. I'll explain.

1. to buy or pay off; clear by payment: to redeem a mortgage. 
2. to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure. 
3. to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction: to redeem a pawned watch. 
4. to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, etc.) for money or goods. 
5. to convert (paper money) into specie. 
6. to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.). 
7. to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.): His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness. 
8. to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom. 
9. Theology. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner. 
- Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

The antonym of redeem is abandon.

God is able to take a person involved in any type of sin and redeem their lives. He is able to change them for the better as well. God is also able to claim inanimate objects and redeem them as well. He is able to take music that has been used, abused, and perverted, and sanctify it.

Several times, people think that Christian music isn't cool simply because it is God based. As Pastor Harrell says, "...Stinking thinking!" How or when did the Creator of all things become uncool? Why are the things related to Him considered uncool?  I dunno. It's just retarded the way people label things uncool that are related to God. Then again, it's written that in the last days good will be regarded as evil and evil as good.

Music of any style can be redeemed. There might by a lyrical overhaul but styles can be used for the Lord.

Movies, TV, billboards, license plates, computers, the internet, radio, education, and all other venues do not have to be spiritual voids!

Yeah I know so many people say, "Well it can just be a turn off if..." Well, I'd rather take the chance. Now contrary to Calvinist theology, more people will be saved dependent on our choices and actions. Yes, it's alot of pressure. But... But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how can men [be expected to] preach unless they are sent? -
Romans 10:14-15a
I'm tired of all always having to walk around on broken glass. All this is part of the reason why I was disheartened with the educational system and politics during the 90s. The pendulum has swung so far left that I can't hardly breathe! Everything is acceptable except those things related to God and Christ.
There is a scripture that talks about not offending Christians. Some people try to use it to censor Christians. It's happened to me as well. The scripture is actually talking about the little kids who came to Christ when He said to not forbid the little children to come to Him.
God is able to redeem any type of rock, country, bluegrass, jazz, pop, rap, emo, or whatever. Why do we want to tie His hands? He is able to use any entertainment venue. Why do we want to blockade Him?
God has redeemed sex even. God is pro sex! He is able to redeem all of our sexual natures. There are boundaries of protection though. It only works the way it was designed in marriage though. There are too many problems to mention here for the man and woman in relation to sex outside the life covenant.
God is willing to rescue and redeem anything we are open to. Yes He could force His way but it's not how He operates.
Let's re-evaluate our personal opinions of what's cool and not. What standards are we using to measure truth by?
Opinions?! Well, opinions are alot like buttholes. Everybody's got 'em and most of 'em stink.

Can't Take God Away

by Audio Adrenaline

You can take God out of my school
you can make me listen to you
You can take God out of the pledge
but you can't take God out of my head

Listen to me closely, lend me your ear
the substance of my statement lets you know I'm sincere
Government officials, shapers of the land
I've got to tell you something you need to understand

You can't take God away from me
you can take my life, my land, my liberty
Lock me up, I'll still be free
'cause you can't take God from me

You can take God out of the law
you can make me listen to ya'll
You can take God out of the start
but you can't take God out of my heart

Listen to me closely, lend me your ear
the substance of my statement lets you know I'm sincere
Government officials, shapers of the land
I've got to tell you something you need to understand


You can't take God, you can't take God away
You can't take God, you can't take God away
You can't take God, you can't take God away
You can't take God, you can't take God away


See more Audio Adrenaline lyrics from this album here:

I love Audio Adrenaline, DC Talk, and Carman for these sorts of lyrics in their songs. It's time to swing back the pendulum in the right direction folks. Get on board.

Jeremy Brown 2006

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