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Gay Pride Parades and the Hallelujah Chorus

June 30, 2013

One day, as we were nearing the end of our rehearsal period for our performance of Handel’s Messiah, my former choir director lost himself in a fit of giggles. It was the irony that got him; the delightful irony that so many non-Christians attend their yearly Messiah concert, standing up for the “Hallelujah” chorus and clapping heartily for all those glorious hallelujahs (already funny because praising a God they don’t believe in), somehow unaware that they come directly after a repetition of God’s promise to dash unbelievers to pieces, “like a potter’s vessel.”

This, of course, comes directly from Psalm 2. It begins with the Bass soloist, as the psalmist, asking why the unbelieving nations rage against God and his Anointed. And the nations’ respond in a frantic chorus. They refuse the rule of God and the “burden” of His law.

Don’t worry, says the Psalmist. God finds this hysterical. Then He promises that His Anointed will break their overweening pride with a rod of iron:

THEN and only then come the glories of the “Hallelujah” chorus.

And we should rejoice. Not because God will smite our enemies and we can finally live without thier grotesqueries. (As if their sins somehow deserve Hell any more than ours do.) But because God died for His enemies so He might break them and restore them, making them His friends.

And if pride really does go before destruction, our nation is gloriously close to repentance.

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  1. Piper Anderson permalink
    July 1, 2013 5:09 PM


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