American Idols

Here is a song that I wrote that falls in the vein of yesterday’s suggested subversion.  Let me know what you think-


American Idols


Well the talking heads are talking their heads off

About the latest fashion and who was wearing what

And I tried to speak my mind but I couldn’t get a word in

They said if it didn’t “pop” i should keep my mouth shut


So I climbed up a mountain to tell a dying world

That Christ died and rose again to bring us peace and love

And as soon as I thought my brothers were shouting with me

They told me to be quiet as the turned their TV’s up


So let’s tear down these American idols

And build back in their place an altar to the Lord

So let’s tear down these American idols

And build back in their place an altar to the Lord



Well they shake it on the Left and they shake it on the Right

So it seems there ain’t no middle cause everyone wants to fight

And politicians are wishing no one senses their precision

At collision and division so there pensions don’t go missing.


So there’s battles of the rich going up against the poor

And the black folk and the white folk are still engaged in war

And the genders are in combat but neither one of them are right

Cause there’s no Jew or Greek or slave or freak cause we’re all one in Christ


So let’s tear down these American idols

And build back in their place an altar to the Lord

So let’s tear down these American idols

And build back in their place an altar to the Lord

Subversion of the Day: Worship Only the One True God




To begin, this is not a critique on other religions.  That is an issue to discuss, but not one for this day.  No this daily subversion strikes a little closer to home.  The axe is laid at the trees in your own back yard, not in your neighbors. 

This is about idolatry.

So what, you may ask, does idolatry have to do with subverting the powers on a daily basis.  Everything, dear reader, everything.  This is an issue of Kingdom and the king that we serve. You see, most people have this understanding of an idol in a biblical sense; idols are figures that are used for the purpose of worshipping a deity that may or may not be in that object, but does bear a resemblance to the object that is created.  So, if I worship dogs, I have a little dog statue.

But many take a different understanding than this ancient one.  I actually pose the question “what is an idol” on my Facebook page ( ) recently, and received several interesting answers.  One person said:

“Anything or anyone that u put before God….Sumthing u can’t do with out or live without….anything u put first or is ur first priority over God”

I think that is pretty much spot on.  I especially like the statement of something you can’t do without or live without.  Don’t take this out of context and say that we all idolize food, water, and air.  But the truth is that if we said each of these were more important than God, or that we decided we would rather have any of these than God, then we have pretty strongly indicated that which we worship.

The interesting thing is things that we say we don’t need, but act as if we do.  If you read yesterday’s post ( ), you could see that I acknowledged something that had the potential to be my god, which was the computer/internet access/ whatever.  I decided to take a break from it one day a week.  I am conveying to it, myself, and the whole world that I can do without it, but I cannot do without Christ.

So what is your idol?

This is where we have to really assess ourselves.  We can really idolize anything, and the fact of the matter is the more we perpetrate this false worship, the more we give room for the powers of this world to consume and control us.  We have to take a stand, and dethrone our miniature kings, and tell them there is only one King.  The possibilities are endless to what we can idolize:





The Government

Celebrity (ies)




Low Cost



That last one usually is at the epicenter of the others.  We make ourselves our own God, and prescribe to ourselves worship.  So, figure out what you worship other than the one true God, and tear it down.  Subvert the powers today.


“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness!

“No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.

Matthew 6:19-24


Subversion of the Day, and The Campaign movie review



Last night, my wife and I went to see The Campaign with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis for a date after a long week of work.  I expected it to be pretty low brow, and it was more or less off my radar other than thinking the trailers looked funny, but nevertheless, we chose to see it.  And at the end of it, I left the theater feeling like I had fallen in a septic tank.  The copious amounts of invasive, sexual humor just coated me in this film that made me feel disgusted when it was over.

Their plan worked.

See, I am pretty sure their plan was to make me feel uncomfortable.  But what I don’t think they intended was the commentary on the filthiness of the American political system.  Greed, corruption, adultery, deceit, violence, slander, religious posturing for votes, embellished patriotism for supporters; these are all things that are present in our current political conscience, and many of them are a part of campaign tactics.  But the movie plays Galifianakis’ character Marty Huggins as the goofy, loveable imbecile who is the one who stands for what he believes.  And in the end, all is made right.  (SPOILER ALERT!!!!) Marty doesn’t “win” the election, but is handed it by his opponent because he sees goodness in him, and then Marty lets the dogs out on the corrupt business men who tried to manipulate the whole thing.  Things are right, all is well, the political system is upheld.  This is all well and good, except one tiny problem.

This is fiction.  Not reality.

Marty Huggins was prone to corruption during the campaign.  He stooped to the level of Cam Brady (MORE SPOILERS); getting him drunk and allowing him to drive home, shooting him with a rifle in the leg, manipulating his son for a campaign ad… there is more, but it is irrelevant.  He was brought to the low level of his rival.  And he also left his financial backers when they said they were essentially selling his district to China, and he went after them later with his newly gained power.  But, he was still corrupted.  So, what now stops him from succumbing to other pressures, like lobbyists pushing him to sign into law something that would keep his constituency, but goes against his morals, or even his desires for his office as representative.  No person is an adequate representative of the desires of another.

Except one.


And this is where the Subversion of the Day come into play.  Let’s give it it’s own title-


Subversion of the Day: Engage in Critical Conversation Over

Popular Culture, and Point it Back to Christ


Christ is the only legitimate, accurate representative we have.  He knows our best interests, and actually wants them to come to pass.  He is not bound by the continuance of His office as King of Kings- it is eternal, and without realistic challenge.  He does not have to uphold the whims of his constituency, but instead, works together all things for the good of those who are called according to His purpose.  He is King.  So why do we think we need people who are prone to corruption because their OFFICE is prone to corruption making decisions that relegate our freedom?  WE ARE ALREADY FREE!  To live in the Kingdom means not to challenge the authorities in a violent, aggressive way, or even really in a political way.  It is to live differently.  To not disobey laws, but live as though legislation is not necessary, because grace fills our lives, and we guide each other. 

One last thing.  Marty Huggins is a good example of change though, in his pre-corrupt stage.  He is weird, he is a little dumb, and he is viewed as weak and silly.  But he cares.  This is foolishness to the system he works in.  And the cross of Christ is foolishness to the world- it is weak, shameful, weird, dumb, and silly.  We must be these things to point out the corruption and death around us.  We must be like Christ, and live differently, and not allow ourselves to be corrupted by the systems of this world.  We must be subversive.

This brings us full circle to the Subversion of the Day- engage in critical conversation over popular culture, and point it back to Christ.  Use the interests of the world around you to point others to the truth of reality, which ultimately, is that Christ changes things, and His Kingdom is better than all others, and it will reign after all others crumble.  Subvert the powers today.


“My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. As it is, My kingdom does not have its origin here.”

“You are a king then?” Pilate asked.

“You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth.  Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.”

“What is truth?” said Pilate

John 18:36-38