Natalie Grant, The Grammys, and Defending the Faith
by Luke Nix
The blogosphere and social media have been quite alive with chatter about Grammy-nominated Christian music artist Natalie Grant‘s early departure from this year’s award show. There has been much speculation about the reason(s) and/or performance(s) that pushed her to her limit of tolerance for that evening. Her initial tweet that sparked the reactions is quoted here, and her recent response to the reactions is quoted here. Grant did not call out any particular performance or performer or provide any specific reason why she called it a night early, but she did state that she had no intention of using her platform for political issues that cause division rather than unity.
I am not going to go into a long analysis of this particular situation. However, I do want to take the time to look at one of my favorite works from Natalie Grant from the perspective of someone who defends the truth of the Christian worldview and show the connections with this situation.
A few years ago Grant released the album “Relentless.” The album’s first song entitled “I Will Not Be Moved” focuses on the unreliability of individual humans to save themselves and the reliability of Jesus Christ to accomplish salvation. The message comes to full force in the final lines of the chorus: “In Christ the solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand. I will not be moved!” The first part of that statement is loaded with much more meaning beyond just what Grant makes explicit in this song. It is only in Christ that objective foundations for many concepts can be anchored:
- Reason / Logic
- Objective Morality
- Intrinsic Value
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Reason and Logic
Christianity teaches that reason and logic are grounded in the eternal nature of God (The Word of God and The Mind of Man). God created the universe to reflect such and created human beings with senses and brains capable of discovering God through His creation. Naturalism has no requirement that the universe is constrained by any laws of logic nor does it provide a mechanism for trusting that our senses and reasoning capabilities are capable of obtaining truth (Agents Under Fire). Jesus, being God, provides a solid rock for our ability to reason, thus only Jesus provides a solid rock for any pursuit of knowledge.
God provides the foundation for morality in Christian theism. God is eternally unchanging. Morality is grounded outside the individual, so all are responsible to it whether they agree with it or believe it or not. Naturalism grounds morality in the individual, culture, or survival of the species. All of these change, and none of them are eternal, and so are the morals grounded in them just as tenuous. There is no foundation for claiming someone as intolerant, hypocritical, or hateful (as Grant has been accused of being with her leaving the show early), All moral claims are merely opinions. Jesus provides the only solid rock for anyone to make a moral claim that has the potential to cross the line from opinion to objective fact…