OK, so apparently Johnny Depp plays in a band that has a song about someone who may or may not be the “real” Jesus at a bachelor party and at said party he (He?) is either drunk or getting beat up by the drunk people. I haven’t done enough research to know if the song is just trying to shock, actually trying to say something against Jesus, or in some way trying to say something against people and not Jesus.
What I do know is that the Christian Coalition’s response of saying that people will “burn in hell for THIS filth” is counterproductive and ultimately theologically wrong. Hell is a punishment for sin, all sin, not just sin that makes fun of God. People burn in hell for what we call filth for sure, but also for pride, arrogance, apathy, lying, malice towards others, and a whole host of things that we have turned into virtues in our society. To damn someone to eternal punishment based on a song misses the the point of the gospel.
But that isn’t why I have broken my long silence to post. What I loved about the ABC story is the closing quote check it out below.
Jesus’ fans are not happy. Focus on the Family condemned the song to the U.K. paper The Daily Star; the Christian Coalition said Depp and his band mates “will burn in hell for this filth.” Neither group responded to ABCNews.com’s requests for comment.
Nor did Depp’s publicist. To be fair, it might take a while to craft a response to the declaration that your client will burn in hell.
I honestly don’t know how to craft a response to someone publicly declaring I will burn in hell. I guess showing up at my next event with a full on fire suit like the guys on Mythbusters wear wouldn’t be a good idea, but I think if I could get my hands on one that is what I would do.