While I had always liked the song, I found myself bothered by the lyrics:
Oh, where oh where can my baby be?While I don't believe the original songwriter was trying to make a theological statement, I think it shows how deluded we can be as a society that accepted the idea of a murdering god who holds people hostage with the threat of no reunion to their loved ones .
The Lord took her away from me
She's gone to heaven, so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world.
If the singer had written about lovers eating one another, or murdering puppies, or torturing people in their basement, there would have been an outcry to ban the song from the radio. Put the gun in god's hand and let him turn the thumbscrews on the survivor and it's considered a lovely sentiment of true christian love.
It boggles the mind.