Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's been a bit "heavy" here, lately. So . . . for a change of pace . . .

I ran across a post on the Sonlighters Club forums with a link to this video: "I Think My Wife's a Calvinist" . . .

The chorus:
I think my wife's a Calvinist, she only owns an ESV.
I'm always catching her reading Romans 10:28-30 . . . Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology.
She has a tattoo that says "I [heart] John Piper" in Greek. She likes Spurgeon more than she likes me.
And that's okay. I didn't choose her. She chose me. . . .
And some of the "verses":
She doesn't read the Beth Moore book I bought her; she'd rather read St. Augustine.
If she wasn't a Baptist preacher's daughter, I think she'd be Presbyterian.

She put me in the doghouse for liking the Emergent Church.
She won't fix my supper now 'cause I brought home a book by Norman Geisler.
If you ever met her you know she's not mean; she's really sweet . . .
Except when it comes to the little bitty matter of doctrine and theology.
I listened for a while, and as I listened, I read the comments on the YouTube webpage where you can view the video. Suddenly, it wasn't so funny anymore. I realized (or, rather, I was reminded) how divisive Calvin is (or can be).

Somehow, that got me looking at some of the other videos on the same page. And first one up: "Mariah Carey is a Calvinist?"

That caught my eye. Perhaps more than it might normally since I happened to read a brief bio of Carey last night when one of her songs came up on my Pandora "Sweet Vocal" station:
The best-selling female performer of the 1990s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. . . . [A]n elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but did them both one better by composing all of her own material.

I know nothing more about Carey or her music than what that particular article said. I don't know that I'm aware of a single song she sang. But to hear that she had (or has) a five-octave range: now, that's impressive!

Anyway. I decided to see what this particular videographer had to say about Carey's theology. And I had to stifle my laughter . . . since Sarita was still asleep in the next room, just feet away from where I'm sitting.


The video begins rather slowly (but what can you do when the song itself, upon which the video is based, begins so slowly?). Eventually, too, you may feel it becomes repetitive. But if you're familiar with basic Calvinist doctrine, I expect this should bring a smile (at least).

Oh. And please forgive the author's misspelling of "Perseverance."

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