Grammy voters awarded Kacey Musgraves Best Country Song and Best Country Album, and sales of her album “Same Trailer Different Park” are up 177 percent since her win, landing it back on top of the Country Album charts.
Her hit song, “Follow Your Arrow” includes the lyrics:
“If you save yourself for marriage, you’re a bore. If you don’t save yourself for marriage, you’re a horrible person.” “Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls, if that’s what you’re into. When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint, or don’t… If you don’t go to Church, you’ll go to hell. If you’re the first one on the front row, you’re a self-righteous son-of-a…” etc…..
When asked about the controversial lyrics, Kacey offered this illuminating quote:
“Even if they [southern people] don’t agree with the girls kissing girls thing or even the drug reference, I would hope that they would agree that no matter what, we all should be able to love who we want to love and live how we want to live.”
The book of Judges closes with two sections (chs. 17–18 and 19–21) characterized by the statements, “In those days there was no king in Israel” (17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25) and, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (17:6; 21:25). The most sordid and tragic stories in the book are found here, for the ultimate depths of Israel’s apostasy have now been reached. The message is that if Israel had had a godly king functioning as a king should (Deut. 17:18–20):
“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. (19) And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, (20) that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.
things would have been better.
To pull out some current application: when you become your own king, when you worship the created instead of the Creator, you have displaced God from his rightful throne over you as Lord and Sovereign King. The natural progression is to begin to think that YOU are sovereign over your own life. The step is then short to “living how you want to live or to live by what is right in your own eyes” [cf. Samson – Judges 14:3].
We are not the ultimate king over our lives and we don’t have the authority to determine what is right. The Creator always has authority over the created. The fact that we do or do not like what the Lord determines changes nothing. God’s is sovereign and what He says in His word is final.
If we are wise, Deuteronomy 17 would tell us that we should govern our lives in a similar way that a Godly king would govern Israel. By keeping a copy of the law (Bible) close at hand and reading it all the days of our lives. Why? That we might learn to fear the Lord and keep his commandments, not turning aside that we may [if the Lord wills] have a long and productive life.
Does that sound like doing whatever you want to do? It really is, IF you have been born again. If the Holy Spirit has come to live inside you by grace through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ, you will desire to read the word and obey the Lord. The Bible is quite clear that those who love the Lord will keep his commandments and his commandments are found in the word. Where the bible commands you must obey: not because you cannot, but because you would not do otherwise [attitude of the heart].
If your heart’s desire is not to yield to the word of God but to live by what is right in your own eyes, you may be like Israel without a king, a sinner without a savior, left to go your own way. Romans 1 clearly states the outcome of going your own way:
Romans 1:18-25 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (19) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. (20) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (21) For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (22) Claiming to be wise, they became fools, (23) and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (24) Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, (25) because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Kacey Musgraves is without excuse, just like you and I are without excuse. Praise God grace is available to her, just like it is to you and I. Don’t spurn the Lord and fall for the futile thinking of the world; honor God, repent and believe.