Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Decrying Bigotry

A while back I posted a link to a video I had downloaded from the Gay Christian Network. titled "Straight to Heaven". It is a musical parody of the ex-Gay movement which was performed at a GCN conference earlier this year.

The final song in this skit (or play, or whatever it is) is titled "Decrying Bigotry" and is sung to the tune of "Defying Gravity" from "Wicked". I really like the words:
Something has changed within me
Jesus has touched my heart
I wanna change the world
and being truthful is the start
Too long I've been afraid of
things that other people say
It's time to stand up proud
and tell the world ...
I'm gay!

It's time to try decrying bigotry
raise my voice high,
decrying bigotry
and make a joyful sound

You're just deluding yourself;
these people will never accept you!

I'm through accepting limits
on who I have to be
whether they're from ex-gays
or from the queer community!
If Jesus is my savior
and the spirit is my guide
I have to serve the Lord
with what I've got inside!

And that's why I'm decrying bigotry
Raise my voice high
I'm decrying bigotry
and they can't shut me down!

. . .

So if they call me sinful
or if they call me odd,
I'm going to be an honest
"good and faithful servant"
to my God!
And if I'm fighting solo,
at least I'm living free
I'll work to make the church
what God called us to be!

And that's why I'm decrying bigotry
won't live a lie,
I'm decrying bigotry
and I don't care if I'm reviled ...
nothing below,
or from above
is going to keep me from His love
'cause God has claimed me as
His child!

4 comments:

Gimple said...

Wow! That really gave me the the chills as I was reading that. Thanks for sharing it because it was something that I needed to hear at this moment. It was amazing and you are amazing!

Abelard Enigma said...

You should download the video. It gives me the chills every time I hear it. Sometimes, I'll start the video and fast forward to the end to listen to this song.

But, I will warn you, the QuickTime file is huge, and the entire video lasts about an hour.

Beck said...

"I'm through accepting limits
on who I have to be
whether they're from ex-gays
or from the queer community!
If Jesus is my savior
and the spirit is my guide
I have to serve the Lord
with what I've got inside!"

Amen! Powerful stuff. Thanks for sharing.

J G-W said...

Wow! That's my new theme song.