Scared and Profane
This image is not used with permission, it is a screen grab of part of the Washington Post Express, which is a free tabloid newspaper handed out to commuters around the DC area.
If this makes you want to call me a red-faced blow-hard Bible thumper, all I ask is you read to the end before you make the comment. Personally, I think this is a calm left-brain observation.
For starters, the Beatles were not sacred, but profane. The definition of Sacred:
Main Entry: sa·cred
Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of sacren to consecrate, from Anglo-French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacr-, sacer sacred; akin to Latin sancire to make sacred, Hittite šaklāi- rite
Date: 14th century
1 a : dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity <a tree sacred to the gods> b : devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose) <a fund sacred to charity>
2 a : worthy of religious veneration : holy b : entitled to reverence and respect
3 : of or relating to religion : not secular or profane <sacred music>
The definition of Profane:
Main Entry: 2profane
Date: 15th century
1 : not concerned with religion or religious purposes : secular
2 : not holy because unconsecrated, impure, or defiled : unsanctified
3 a : serving to debase or defile what is holy : irreverent b : obscene, vulgar
The Beatles sang about and glorified immoral use of women, immoral use of drugs, and the worship of false gods. Personally, they lived in the same manner. They were not sacred, but profane.
Popular culture is, by nature, all about judging. What is “cool”, who is “popular”, how this is more “cool” than that. All of this judging is based on ephemeral concepts of how the “now” is better than the “then”. A more shallow world view would be hard to imagine. Popular culture is not interested in, nor is it capable of making Moral judgments based on Eternal Truths.
The Beatles are painted by today’s pop culture as portrayer’s of “innocent love.” Compared to today’s violent and profane pop culture few would disagree that the Beatles are the less vile party. However, the difference between “sacred” and “profane” is not one of comparison to each other…but to Eternal Truths. The Beatle’s glorification of immorality, drugs, and false gods is judged by the Word of God to be a profane act. The blogger’s proclamation that the Beatle’s studio is a “sacred spot” is an example of blasphemy.
Yes, I know this is remarkable nit-picking of the expected enthusiasm of the wicked for their wicked artists that have no choice but to produce art that glorifies their master. They are helpless to do otherwise, and need complete redemption as much as anyone else. Without it (redemption) they face an eternal life of damnation, which brings me to the title of this post: they are profane, they should be scared.