Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (Analysis)June 1, 2013
I started hearing this song on the radio and thought I’d share my thoughts about it on this pathetic stage — a blog. I wish I could have media access somehow to talk about these things openly. But until then, I’ll just share my thoughts here. I love the craftiness of this song. The artist is definitely a talented lyricist, and the tune is very catchy. It sound a lot like the Common in my opinion.
Story and music are extremely powerful tools when it comes to influencing people’s views and understanding. I would bet my liver that all media outlets and producers profoundly understand this truth. They understand its power. Whether it’s a story or a song, it usually is told in such a way that makes us feel good. It will be catchy and will hook us with its hooks.
Then we’ll think, “Gee, I like this. How can something so pleasing be wrong? If it’s pleasing then surely it’s true!” Unfortunately, the classical period (early 20th century) holds the last remnant of Christians being the leaders in producing that which is pleasing. Now we are left with short attention spans infused with cutting edge technology fashioning entertainment for our minds. We don’t know what to compare it to, thus go “umm, ok I’ll take it since there’s nothing else to choose from”. The Christian music sub-culture isn’t helping, but is making it worse with its unbreakable mold. We need to get back to a naissance as Christians. I digress. Here are my thoughts on this song:
When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-K
I guess she had a point, didn’t she
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math like
Yeah, I’m good at little league
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
This indicates that something will influence our sexuality, and will do so from a young age. But what should influence it the most? Public schools? Hollywood’s heart-warming movies? Confused music artists? Non of these will ever suffice, and traditional stereo-types aren’t any better.
For those that like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition
This is attempting to play the guilty by association card, and myopically creates an “either/or” mentality. Calling something a sin, or wrong, in this day and age automatically means you’re a Republican. Does it matter what kind of Republican, or if one disagrees with gay-marriage does it not matter what kind? Can one believe homosexuality is a sin and still be a Democrat, or have Democratic leanings on other issues? The Bible teaches that we are all pre-disposed to sin, and that it evidences itself in countless, yet common ways, to all humanity with no exception. The Bible does not call us to be cured of the struggle of sin in this life, but it does call us to repentance.
Ahh nah, here we go
America the brave
Still fears what we don’t know
And ‘God loves all his children’ is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written
3,500 years ago
I don’t know
He doesn’t know and is confused. Which is it, agree with the Bible or not? The NT clearly reiterates that homosexuality is a sin and calls homosexuals to repentance, along with heterosexuals involved in orgies, and adultery. But the day and age we’re living in has specially chosen homosexuality to be the sexual sin that must get a free pass. It is all very arbitrary. Polygamy, pedophilia, and bestiality are still considered taboo to our society. Yet, what’s to stop them from demanding marital status, social acceptance, and having t-shirts, movies, and music make much of them someday?
All of this may be a reaction to the fact that many Christians have overly condemned one particular sin, namely, homosexuality. Christians see homosexuals flaunting their gayness in the media. This may be why we have been too reactionary, and have singled out this particular sin. However, if you read the Bible it’s not hard to realize that this behavior is not Scripturaly balanced whatsoever. Christians need to be faithful to God’s word. This means we will equally admit that adultery is just as wicked as homosexuality. In addition, we need to be gentle and gracious with those whom are struggling. For all are with sin, and we all appreciate it when people are 1 Cor 13 towards our own sins.
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
Correct. The Bible says that the sinful heart is hostile to God. It cannot please God, nor indeed is it capable (Rom 8:6-8). The Bible does not call us to change our hearts. It calls us to believe in Christ and repent of the sin that entangles us. And the sin that we must all repent of usually includes sins which our worldly bodies crave. But Jesus gives us a new heart, with new desires so that we can dwell on righteous and good things so that our inward selves will then be renewed and built up with what is holy. You can’t merely try and you can’t merely want to in and of yourself. You must want Jesus first.
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm
But she does not care about your soul.
If I was gay
I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately
“Man that’s gay”
Gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re saying
Our culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Saying things are “gay” can be disrespectful, agreed. But how much does our society accept the opinion of those who call homosexuality a sin and still care for the person? Our society these days would rather vilify such people, with no exceptions, so that they can make their own intolerance and selfishness appear courageous. They are labeled “homophobes” simply for having an opinion that certain sexual behavior is sinful.
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
In addition, in our day and age, being religious, especially a Christian, is deemed lesser. So what’s the solution? Tolerance and acceptance? These can be good to a degree, but cannot be the solution. They never will be the solution because those whom demand tolerance never tolerate the intolerant. In addition, tolerance is not from the heart. It’s usually nothing more than passive annoyance until one snaps.
Gender to skin color
Complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins
Human rights for everybody
There is no difference
People use the Bible to try and back all kinds of causes. No differently, these lyrics try to use the Bible to back the notion that homosexuality ought to be accepted by all. In terms of the Bible, we need to look at what it really says, and do so consistently. It doesn’t do racists any good to take it out of context, and homosexuals are no better when they do the same.
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church
They taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service
Those words aren’t anointed
But does our society “hate” those whom believe homosexuality is sinful and call homosexuals to repentance in patience and love?
And that Holy Water
That you soak in
Is then poisoned
When everyone else
Is more comfortable
The Bible should not make homosexuals or heterosexuals comfortable. It corrects, teaches, rebukes, and trains all of us unto holiness.
Rather than fighting for humans
That have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom til we’re equal
Damn right I support it
Many gays are not fighting for equal rights per se, but to obtain the official status of being deemed “married”. In a way, they are trying to mimic monogamous heterosexual relationships, and in fact some gays agree that the idea of monogamous marriage is inconsistent with the gay life-style. He says he supports it. Does he find homosexuality beautiful? Does he find heterosexuality less, equal, or more beautiful?
I don’t know
We press play
Don’t press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
‘Till the day
That my uncles can be united by law
Do you want your uncle to have the same state/govt benefits, or is the official status of “married” also just as important? Do you hope that your uncle is faithful to one person, or do you think it’s beautiful if he has sex with as many men as he wants?
Kids are walkin’ around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Some would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us
We live in a society where people are removed from the church and the Bible more than anytime in our nation’s history. We are taking medication for depression more than anytime in history. The common household television show consists of graphic murders. Teen pregnancy and sex is glamorized, idiotic pop-songs are considered brilliant, and mass-school shootings are increasing whereby the suspects motives are psycho-analyzed. We live in an age of the pinnacle of technology, yet are more selfish, impatient, and individualistic than ever before. The list goes on and on. We foolishly think we are free. We are all slaves to this devolution, this reversed renaissance, this downward spiral into nothing. And the artist assumes we have the potential to “change” ourselves, as though we’re almost there and these Republicans are the last stand. Self-deception can produce the mirage of a Utopia.
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up
Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)
Very inconsistent. Part of the Bible is quoted, yet selectively a part which he applies to his own cause. This behavior is really no different than all the other people that he’s against whom use the Bible for their own selfish purposes.