Nothing Witty To Say

I will be honest…if I were to write a book about the worst parts of Christian music?  Carman would probably be the penultimate chapter.   I am not a fan (though in my pre-teens I was).  Among the host of problems? The weird presentation of Jesus as an ass kicking hero beating up the devil and demons is just a weird portrayal of his Charismatic Christianity.

I confess, I was a bit surprised to learn that he has not taken this attitude with the revelation of having terminal cancer.

“I will not leave this world quietly and I want the devil to know that he put cancer on absolutely the wrong Italian. I have a few good years and before it’s too late I want to see your faces, shake your hands and hug your necks,” the New Jersey native wrote. “But mostly I want to see one of you get healed of what threatens your future and I really want to see someone you love come to Christ. Now lets get back to business, we have to work while its day for soon the night comes.”

Sure, there is that whole “the devil put cancer into the wrong Italian” bit.  But he is surprisingly candid about the situation.  I have seen a lot of people get cancer.  I have seen overly optimistic reactions, especially with those who have religious faith.  And those have often ended in “defeat.”  Certainly, they may have come to terms, but it took them a long time to get there, hoping for healing.
Carman, instead of asking for healing himself from his faith, says he wants to see someone else get healed.  He is, at least on the surface, very much coming to terms with a lousy diagnosis.   And I can really respect that.
My sympathies go out to Carman, his family, friends and fans.

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