I’m pretty happy saying that I like ‘the Puritans’ without ever defining exactly who I mean when I say that. I’m pretty certain I’m not the only one.
A bit of back story, however. My first in-depth encounter with the Puritans came in the form of Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, which I still maintain has been one of the most influential books in my life, because (although I didn’t realise it at the time) it showed me how the Puritans approached the Bible. They wanted it to change them, and not simply use it as a nice collection of quotes. Matthew Henry read and studied the Bible as if it were actually all breathed out by God and profitable. Legendary.
So I’m grateful for the Puritans.
And I’m also grateful for free music – I enjoyed listening to a free album given away by the rapper Propaganda from the first beat, but was thrown a little by a track dropped in there called Precious Puritans.
It essentially communicates that Propaganda is frustrated when people quote the Puritans as if their words were breathed out by God, when their flaws were many and varied, and he particularly picks out their support of the slave trade. Here’s a sample verse:
How come the things the Holy Spirit showed them in the valley of vision didn’t compel them to knock on they neighbors door and say, “You can’t own people!”?
Your precious puritans were not perfect.
You romanticize them as if they were inerrant. As if the skeletons in they closet was pardoned due to the they hard work and tobacco growth.
As if abolitionists weren’t racist and just pro-union.
As if God only spoke to white boys with epic beards.
You know Jesus didn’t really look like them paintings. That was just Michaelangelo’s boyfriend.
My take? Pretty much the same as Propaganda’s:
And, it bothers me when you quote puritans, if I’m honest, for the same reason it bothers me when people quote me–they precious propaganda.
So, I guess it’s true.
God really does use crooked sticks to make straight lines.
Just like your precious puritans.
The Puritans were not perfect, and neither’s Propaganda, or me. And thank God that He is willing and able to redeem these ‘crooked sticks’ for His glory!