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Today I was in the choir loft, waiting for the service to begin, when a member of the bass section mentioned he’d been following the CPAC news.
“Did you hear about Ann Coulter?” I asked. He hadn’t, putting me in a very awkward position of having to relay the story while sitting in front of an entire congregation…in a church that had been there for 200 years. I didn’t want lightning to strike the TIffany stained glass windows which survived the Civil War, so I told him in a barely audible whisper.
“Nice,” he said sarcastically. “That really helps convince people Christians aren’t homophobes.”
I guess that’s why her latest antic is so irritating. She puts her book sales/public persona above the Scriptures like this one:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Her ploys are predictable: more publicity equals more book sales. I get that. However, her carelessness makes it that much harder for liberals to hear our points about gay “marriage,” confirming the worst stereotypes about the “Religious Right” and giving the Left more reason to ignore us by lumping us all in one large lump of disrespectful ideologues.
We sang these words this morning at Zion Presbyterian Church:

Oh, to grace how great a debtor,
Daily I’m constrained to be.
And let Thy goodness like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above

I felt the words were a good reminder for all of us who dare wear the name of Christ and wade out into the political mire to represent Him.
UPDATE:
An esteemed EFM reader sent me a link of the combined BYU choirs performing “Come Thou Fount.” Obviously, it’s not quite as good as the choir at Zion Presbyterian Church here in Columbia, Tennessee… we have so few members, I’m forced to sing soprano even though I’m an alto 2. However, I defy you to listen to this without crying.


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