Re: Put Your Hand in the Hand
The December article "Christian or Christ Follower" was written and posted to the website, and that evening while browsing the TV channels one of the programs did a rerun from years ago, performing this 1970 song...
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and-a you can look at others diff'rently
By puttin' your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee
1) Ev'ry time I look into the holy book I wanna tremble
2) Mama taught me how to pray before I reached the age of seven
Back in the days when my peers were scoffing at my "judgmentalism" of sticking to the holiness of Biblical doctrine and my efforts to bring them out of apostacy back to WHAT DOES THE BIBLE -SAY-; they also did not much care for the hymns of the Church. But when songs like "Put Your Hand in the Hand" first came out, they went wild for it.
I'm only just now looking at the song seriously, and seeing it for what it really was all along. It was one of the first in a line of anti-judgmentalist counter-measures. Songs that taught doctrine-by-stealth. Their doctrine of non-judgmentalism.
First of all, notice that Jesus or God is not mentioned. The only way we know that it is supposed to be about "Jesus" is the calming of the storms. But He is not mentioned as the Son of God. He is simply "the man". If we were to use today's vernacular, perhaps He was "d'a man"? As guys will jovially say, "You d'a man"
When He is identified as chasing the ones out of the temple, He is not identified as "THE Carpenter" People who know the story, know that -THE- Carpenter is Jesus. But to say "-a- carpenter"....that's as if to say that -any- carpenter chased the thieves out. The song might just as well say, in today's vernacular....-a- 'dude' (-any- 'dude') went in and chased them out. It wasn't any particular special person, due to any special anointing or Godly birthright...anybody could have done it.
There's more we could pick apart from the two verses, but let's focus, now, on the main message....
TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND-A YOU CAN LOOK AT OTHERS DIFFERENTLY.
This is the prime focus of the militant anger against Christians who would dare to raise any objections to the main-stream carnality that prevailed. And I use the term "carnality" because the ones doing the objecting claimed to be "christians"....therefore, their behavior, if they were truly "Christians", was the behavior of carnality.
The complaint was that a few (of us) who sought to live holy lives before the Lord would actually -SPEAK- to the subject. We were not content to "live and let live". If we read in the Bible that we were to shun evil, and live separated lives unto Christ, and so would give examples of the world's worldliness to be eschewed, well, the retorts were immediate and violent...
WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE?! JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGED! WHO MADE YOU THE JUDGE? HAVE YOU LOOKED AT YOURSELF? PULL THE BEAM OUT OF YOUR OWN EYE BEFORE PICKING AT SPECS! WHO MADE YOU THE FRUIT INSPECTOR? Out of all the Christians in the world ONLY YOU ARE RIGHT, and the REST OF US ARE ALL WRONG??? Etc,Etc.
And they put words in the song about the people in the Bible being "no different fellas than" us, or a father struggling to make a living doing "what you gotta do". As if to say, We're all in this together, nobody's any different than anybody else, nobody's any 'better' than anybody else...so, just STOP JUDGING, ALREADY!!!
What did Jesus say?
But when Jesus was finished talking to Peter after he had denied Jesus, Jesus closes up by saying,
"YOU FOLLOW ME" (Jn21:22)
And what did Peter do (in following Jesus)? When Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit, Peter takes unto himself his authority in the Holy Spirit and Ananias was killed IN JUDGMENT. (Ac5:5) When his wife comes a bit later, "Did you sell the land for so much?" (vs8) She didn't retort back: Who are you to judge me? "Yes, for so much" And she was dead.
When S/Paul was saved he asks, "Lord what do You have in mind for me to do?" (Ac9:6) And in the course of his ministry he made a person blind (Ac13:11), cast a demon out of a girl (Ac16:18), and many other such things.
We are NOT supposed to NOT JUDGE...
But God proclaims...
The year before I graduated high school the Bible school where I was going to be attending was of the 'traditional' music program. THE (very) YEAR I entered as a freshman the new music director started using guitars and bass. That next summer as I travelled around with the summer choir, and then the camp ministries, the pastor (Custis) of Central Bible Church (home to the school) was known for being very 'strict' and we as a musical organization had a conversation originated by the director...how we were going to address this pastor, where the Home Concert was to be held before embarking on choir tour. What if this pastor did not approve of the guitar and bass? What would we do? It was agreed that we would perform the music (at home) with simple piano accompaniment; and go on tour (mostly to California) with the guitars and bass. Fortunately (we thought) Pastor Custis did not derail the music, and we performed at 'home' the same way we went on tour. I attended that school a second year, and then went to state college. That third year the school also introduced drums. Even though doctrinally I was yet sticking to Scripture, musically I had begun to embrace the apostasy, and thought Multnomah's use of drums was 'cool'.
And so 'just' -as- I was starting into state college, "Put Your Hand" was written. I might have been studying music, and later performed professionally (classically), and meandered around in apostasy for a time; but as far as Biblical doctrines were concerned I had a pure heart....and was -preaching- it. "they" didn't like it. They objected to it. I didn't yet know that I -was- a preacher. But as Paul says...
Isn't it a real "shame" I didn't recognize it as such (the barbs intended for me) until over 40 years later!!!
And Light and Darkness don't mix. They don't agree! I was preaching the Light, not realizing for the longest time that they were grumbling with darkness. They were not "carnal". Carnality would suggest that they were "Christians" and knew the Lord. They were not. They did not.