Nothing Compares to You
I read an interesting article today. It was an interview with Sinead O’Connor by Christianity Today. O’Connor recorded a hit song when I was young. I remember it well because it was so capturing, very hypnotic and mystic. I do remember liking it in my pre-Christ days. You may recall the song yourself – depending on your age.
Another memory of her that is much more popular – due to its controversy – is her ripping up of a picture of the Pope live on Saturday Night Live. She has never been foreign to polarity.
More recently, she has committed to the public her new album entitled, “Theology.” And guess what it is about? Yes, theology. And for those few who are hearing this word for the first time, theology means “study of God.”
Her run-ins with the Catholic church and experience in Christianity has moved her to exposit her own ideas of the Old Testament. “The only time God speaks for himself is in the books of the prophets,” she says. So her goal with this album is to “separate God from religion” by exposing God’s true words.
Now, right off the cuff, I am reminding of the essence of Scripture. Since it is all God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), it is all God speaking for Himself. Granted, He used writers to pen the words – but isn’t that what He did with the prophets as well? Maybe she is confused that the Old Testament prophetic books are really the dictation of divine utterances.
Nevertheless, she is already off to a bad start. This should really be a good indication of what to expect from Theology and her beliefs.
She is asked somewhere in the middle of the interview, “Are you a Christian?” Her response was really not that shocking since our post-modern world has dumbed down the definition of Christianity. “Yeah, by birth and by culture.”
Maybe she misunderstood the question, but I don’t think so. I think misunderstands the meaning of Christianity. I would suggest that she would define it as a practice or lifestyle – maybe even a big club. I suppose this was how it was portrayed to her from the Catholic Church. (I’ll save that argument for another time.)
Whatever the reason, her response proves her delusion. No one is born a Christian. Neither is anyone made a Christian by practicing a lifestyle. There is but one way to true Christianity – faith alone in Christ alone.
“Is Theology an album for Christians?” The interview continues. She responds negatively saying “I think it’s a record that would appeal to all kinds of religions.” This is yet another misconception. If the message of the Old Testament prophets is truly articulated, then she would have answered otherwise.
“What does Jesus mean to you?” This is really a subjective question. The meaning of Jesus does not change. He is who He says He is. Still, what does Sinead think that He says He is? “I’ve had a lot of faith in Jesus ever since I was a little kid … And I tell my friends, ‘If you ask Jesus for anything, it will happen. But you have to believe that it’s going to happen.’”
Rather than adding my two cents, let me quote her some more. “I think everybody has an individual relationship with Jesus … I understand Jesus as being an interceder, someone you ask when you really need a big favor from God. I also feel that Jesus is inside everybody. It’s almost like an energy or a thing that lives inside of us.”
“To say that Jesus is a Savior can sometimes translate as, ‘Unless people know doctrine, they’re not going to be saved.’ I don’t believe that. I believe God loves everybody. So I have difficulties with the implication that because somebody on the other side of the world doesn’t know Jesus, they don’t get saved.”
Well, I could quote the entire article here, but then why duplicate, right? She goes on to say that God is an energy within everyone and we are all saved because he loves us. Some people call God Jesus, others call him Allah or Buddha. Either name you choose, it is all the same. “So when we die, we’re all going home.”
She has demoted God to a human agent – a bartender to be exact. And then she promotes human kind to god-like status. “God’s character is very human … perhaps God isn’t perfect … we are part of God and God is something that’s in us and all around us.”
The is no sense of a light at the end of this interview. It gets bad and worsens. If you followed her thinking, she began as very Catholic. Then she was quite Emergent. Then she blended in a bit of Openness. Put it altogether and stir it up and what do you get? Theology according to Sinead. She is in a brand of her own. Take some bad from here and some from there and mix together something even worse.
So why communicate something that is particularly obvious to most readers? This interview was not at all surprising. I didn’t learn some great principles. Rather, it reminded me of our duty to clarify the gospel and defend the Bible.
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Tim. 4:1-5)
Christianity Today’s Inteview:
Sinead Ripping up the Pope: