Why you don’t want Michael W Smith as a friend.

Via Roger Wolsey
on Jan 4, 2012
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Ack. One of my favorite Christian singer-songwriters just jumped the shark. Michael W Smith posted the following as his Facebook status up-date this morning:

“Congrats to my good friend Rick Santorum for an unprecedented showing in Iowa yesterday.”

What the what?!? Really Michael?

Michael are you sure we’re talking about the same Rick Santorum?

I mean, are you talking about the Rick Santorum who said:

That he will end the marriages of legally married gays and lesbians. (see more about his “homophobia problem“)

That he doesn’t want to improve the lives of black Americans.

That states should make birth control illegal.

In addition, he tried to force our nation’s public school teachers to teach creationism – showing that he has no regard for facts or science.

And he was determined to be one of the most corrupt members of Congress.

Michael, I wonder just how “good” of a friend you really are?

You either clearly don’t know these things about your “good friend” — which makes you not such a good friend,  … or you, gulp, agree with him on these matters — which makes you not such a good friend with many of your Facebook friends, or to most of the scientists, women and gay people you may count among your friends.

Michael, friends tell each other if their flies are down or if they have spinach stuck to their teeth or toilet paper stuck to their heels. You failed to be a friend to Rick. So here, let me be your friend by holding this mirror up to you:

You may be talented, you may have a voice that I am really envious of, you may have a great head of hair, but… you sure have poor taste in friends. You also have poor business sense. Expect a marked decrease in ticket sales for your concerts and sales of your albums.

your friend,



Roger Wolsey is the author of  Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity. He blogs for Elephant Journal, Huffington Post, and Pathos. He’s an active member of The Christian Left Facebook page. He’s got a lot of friends – who tell him his fly is down or, more frequently, when he has typos.

On a related note: here’s “20 Reasons not to Vote for Santorum


About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity


14 Responses to “Why you don’t want Michael W Smith as a friend.”

  1. elizabeth says:

    not sure how this is surprising!

  2. Tim says:

    actually, I see a spike in sales from certain individuals coming.

  3. Roger Wolsey says:

    For the record, I'm not saying that progressives can't be friends with people who are conservative. But, just as friends don't let friends drive drunk, they don't cheer them on if they are going around threatening real harm to fellow Americans.
    On a related note, see this blog about loving political opponents: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/07/dick-chene

  4. CynthiaBeard says:

    Agreed! It's a shame that MWS doesn't use his friendship and music as an opportunity to share the real teachings of Jesus with Santorum.

  5. Roger Wolsey says:

    Here are some more links that share about problems with Santorum's remarks and agendas:

    "Top 10 Most Outrageous Campaign Statements" http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/01/04/397355/r
    "The Catholic Case against Rick Santorum" http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/fplaction/the-ca

  6. Julie Hurley says:

    I think you'd really like the book The Non Religious Christian – Finding Faith Outside the Church by Vern Jones.

  7. Nick says:

    It bothers me that you think Mr. Smith shouldn't be friends with someone because of what they believe. I have VERY conservative friends and VERY liberal friends. I weep with them all. I rejoice with them all. I love them all.

  8. sarasvati3 says:

    Roger, unfortunately I am not at all surprised that Michael W. Smith agrees with these awful political agendas… Sadly there isn't really a liberal Christian rock genre. But there should be!

  9. Michelle says:

    Rick Santorum is against homosexuality because it clearly states in the Bible that it is wrong. You can deny it or try to explain it away, but it will not change the truth.

    As for how the world was created, read Genesis. It clearly states that God created the heavens and earth. No big bang. Creationists are right.

    Read the Bible and don't pick and choose what you believe. Just believe what it says.

    Don't be against Michael W. Smith because he believes what the Bible says. God loves you and I love you too. I just want you to know the truth.

    John 14:6 – NKJV
    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

  10. Frank says:

    Well said Michelle! Hopefully Gods truth will penetrate those who remake God in their own image.

  11. milehighjoe1 says:

    Closet queen!

  12. Paul says:

    Thanks, Roger. Funny, moving and true.

  13. James says:

    It seems like no one realized this! Everyone is just bowing to this 'non-religious christian' because he agrees with everything that society agrees with— shunning the truth and embracing homosexuality.

  14. Blacknwhite says:

    Roger W. – Why do you have to have this ubiquitous interpretation of "Christianity' tacked on to your website? What's the point? U don't indentify with anything much of Biblical Christian, really, that I can see. Do you believe even half of the book of Romans, Hebrews, and Deutoronomy (shudder) etc.?? Christian and Bible kinda go together….If you are just out to turn it on its head…do something better with your time. Why don't you go tell Muslims what is wrong with their beliefs and call yourself a "progressive Muslim" or even try Judaism and call yourself a "Progressive Jew". Maybe even Baha'i would be better. I just really don't get why you tack "Christian" on.