‘Christ of Contention’?

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Yesterday a couple of you discussed the suitability of posting a hymn sung by Willie Nelson, who has a reputation as one who does not exactly live according to the Gospel. Of course, if any of us could really do that, we wouldn’t need a Savior.

Anyway, that brief exchange got me thinking that St. Paul had already addressed this issue, somewhere in the Bible. My Strong’s Concordance soon led me to Philippians 1: 15-18.

Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Paul seems to be saying that one way or another, Christ is preached and God is glorified. So I think by that standard we’re okay with a hymn by Willie Nelson.

Who knows? If the man needs conversion, he might sing it often enough to get one.

By Request, ‘Are You Washed in the Blood’ (Willie Nelson)

We have this request from Joshua, Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb, by Willie Nelson.

Somehow I always associated this hymn with the Salvation Army. Actually, it was written in 1878 by Elisha Hoffman–who also wrote Leaning on the Everlasting Arms… not to mention another 2,000 or so.