I recently started a thread called “Heretical CCM.” I learned about myself that I was too judgmental. This thread I want to be about how we can reconcile lyrics that may SEEM heretical to truth, thus making the songs acceptable to Catholics.
First, we’ll start with "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
The words “Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day,” are not necessarily true. However, irrelevant to comma placement, if we interpret that as meaning, “On Christmas Day, we need to remember that Christ our Savior was born,” then we suddenly have sound lyrics.
Next, “My Heartstrings Come Undone” by Demon Hunter. How can we “decay with You,” if Jesus, as the faithful one will not undergo corruption. Well, it merely means that when we decay, Jesus will be with us, not that He is decaying, too. So, now we have sound lyrics.
The “rapture” songs I mentioned on the other thread could be reconciled on the grounds that they don’t specifically mention the word, “rapture,” nor do they provide a timeline that pits them before the tribulation, so I suppose they are all alright, regardless of the writers’ intentions.
the “born again” songs could all technically be referring to adult Baptism, which through the RCIA is part of the Catholic teachings, so we are good, there. The same could be said for Telecast’s “Empty Me Out,” if we consider that the moment he believed was the moment he got Baptised, and that he previously was just going through the motions of RCIA, and then Baptism suddenly made it all real for him. A stretch indeed, but a charitable one, so we’ll take it.
I’m having difficulty how to reconcile songs that list 66 Bible books and leave out the Deuterocanonicals. Can anyone help on that one?
Also, any way we can reconcile a band having the name Iconoclast?
What about, “if the fates allow?” How do we reconcile that one, or should we just strike, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from our Christmas songs, and replace it with “Dominick the Donkey?” Nothing heretical about “jiggety jig hee haw hee haw.”
“Something We Can’t Be” by Project 86 seems to have a title that conflicts with, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” But does it? Can we reach perfect sanctification during this lifetime? My understanding is that we can always get closer to being perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect, but will not fully reach that point during this lifetime. Thus, it is a valid message.
“You are the Answer” by Point of Grace has the lyrics vague enough that it is unclear what her actual intention is.
“My Front Porch Looking In” by Lonestar (Alright, so this is a secular song, but it’s message of family love is stronger than in any “Christian” song I can think of off hand.) We reach a snag, however, with the line about "everywhere I’ll ever go and everywhere I’ve ever been, nothing takes my breath away like my front porch looking in, "or something like that. Is this denying Heaven? Actually, no. We can take an implied understood, “outside of Heaven,” to what he was saying, rather than being nitpicky on his phraseology.
“The Unicorn” by Irish Rovers. Well, we are not Sola-Scriptura, so just because Genesis leaves out any such mention, is this necessarily heretical? It does not negate Noah’s obedience to suggest that one of the animal species refused to get onto the ark. (alright, now I’m really pushing it)