Currently Listening to…

12 Jun

I know for a long time I have been longing for a different kind of worship song. I am no aficionado of music. Don’t ask me about technical stuff or rhythm or anything behind the scenes. I would be useless to evaluate those aspects. The only thing that I can really tell you is if I like the way that it sounded or not.

When I say a different kind of music it doesn’t relate to old hymns or contemporary Christian music. It doesn’t matter if there is a band up there with fog machines and lights or simply a person with an acoustic guitar leading solo. Don’t get me wrong, I have my preferences.

When I say a different kind of music it has to do with what we sing about. I’m not at a high school prom with Jesus in which we are embracing each other and declaring our love (because we all know how well those high school prom promises last) for each other. Love is more than a sentimental thing in which I get the warm fuzzies. Love is displayed on the Cross, love was displayed in the incarnation, love was displayed in Jesus eating with the outcasts of society. I don’t need a song to whoop me into a religious frenzy. I remember the cross.

That said, a song about Jesus will include and talk about an unending love that never fails. This will move us emotionally and we will say like the Psalmist, “As the deer pants after streams of water so my soul pants after you.”

It’s not that Jesus loves songs are wrong its just that they are the only ones that we seem to sing…
Jesus doesn’t invite me to a prom but to an alternative kingdom. A kingdom in which we remember that we have been delivered from the slavery and bondage of a spiritual Egypt of sin. And we now have new eyes. We hear the cry of the oppressed and we do something about it.

I want songs that remind me that God wants “more than a song” in the words of Matt Redman.
I want songs that remind me that “love is a verb” in the words of DC Talk (although I never want to hear their music).
I want songs that remind me that God’s kingdom is “an upside down kingdom” in the words of Dallas Willard.
I want songs that are “stripped of religious baggage and have been unpacked in our lifestyle” in the words of N.T. Wright.

Instead of a Show by Jon Foreman (aka frontman for Switchfoot)
I’m guessing this is based off of Isaiah 1:12-17; Amos 5:21-24; 8:4-6

I hate all your show and pretense
The hypocrisy of your praise
The hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show

Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stomp on my ears when you’re singing ‘em
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show

Your eyes are closed when you’re praying
You sing right along with the band
You shine up your shoes for services
There’s blood on your hands

You turned your back on the homeless
And the ones that don’t fit in your plan
Quit playing religion games
There’s blood on your hands

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show

I hate all your show
Let’s argue this out
If your sins are blood red
Let’s argue this out
You’ll be one of the clouds
Let’s argue this out
Quit fooling around
Give love to the ones who can’t love at all
Give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
Stand up for the ones who can’t stand at all, all

I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show

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One Response to “Currently Listening to…”

  1. Jamie Stavenger June 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    Awesome, Rob. And, ditto.

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