So, Carrie Underwood gots herself a new hit single called, “Something in the Water.” The song’s about a persons’ conversion, and how they follow a preacher down to the river to get baptized. The chorus is of course, “there must have been something in the water.” It’s a hand clappin’, finger snappin’, knee slappin’, toe tappin’, gospel good time.
But it’s also really bad theology.
Now I know Miss Carrie was going for the play on the cliché, but unfortunately it sends the wrong message. At Christian conversion, a transformation does take place, but it’s got nothing to do with being immersed in water during baptism, nor does it have to do with anything being in the water. At conversion, the Holy Spirit activates the spiritual nature of the individual who was previously “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). The person, through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, is changed into a “new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). Water baptism is simply a symbolic representation of what has already taken place in the converts’ heart. Poor Miss Carrie was only thinking of the songs’ catchy tune to make her new single sales-worthy and rocket her into the gospel music top ten. It would have been much better for her fans if she would have paid a little more attention to God’s Word, and try and get her lyrics to match up with scripture a little better.
You may say, “you’re making a mountain out of a molehill!” You’re probably right, except for the fact that I believe we’re living in the last days before the imminent return of Jesus Christ, and the Apostle Paul warned us in his second Epistle to Timothy that-
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things…”
One last thing. Back in the day, the old hymns that the church as a whole no longer sings (I guess because they’re not as upbeat and modern as songs like those sung by Miss Carrie and her ilk), were written by men who had a passion for God’s Word and for the Truth it contains. There’s more doctrine in one of those old hymns than in all of the so-called modern gospel songs that we sing today. If our modern gospel music stars spent more time reading Gods’ Word instead of promoting themselves and their careers, perhaps we wouldn’t be forced to accept songs like “Something in the water.”