Saturday, December 05, 2009

Britney Spears' New Thing

Have you heard the new song from Britney Spears in the Top 40? It's a bit dire, mixing some counting (1, 2, 3) with some immorality. The song's title is 3 and the lyrics recount the adventures of Peter, Paul and Mary. I won't even include the lyrics of the song, as they're so bad, but there's one line from the chorus I want to comment on.
Livin' in sin is the new thing
If you believe Miss Spears, then immorality is something new, and something 'merrier the more'. Aside from the fact that what she's advocating is immoral and outside God's plan and purposes, she's completely wrong on it being a new thing.

As the writer of Ecclesiastes says: 'there is nothing new under the sun.' (Ecc 1:9) Since our first parents, Adam and Eve, every person has been living in sin, as a slave to sin. There's nothing big or clever about it. It's despicable and evil for us to reject the goodness of God our Creator, and to shut our ears to the gracious Word of our life-giver.

That's why we need the Saviour, the sinless Lord Jesus, who saves us from the old ways of living in sin, and gives us new life. Eternal life is the only 'new thing' for us - and it's found in Jesus Christ, not sin.

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