The Open Market and Songs About God

Following up on my recent post about Bono on Jesus:

I think sometimes it can be easy for Christians to forget what Romans 1:19-20 says: “For what can be known about God is plain to [all people], because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”

What that means is that all people are grappling with ideas and questions about God. Christians can be quick to discount what people “outside the fold” think or say about God – but the truth is that sometimes they have some pretty astute and profound things to say, even though they may have no commitment to Jesus. On the other hand, I am sometimes frustrated with the trite nature and shallow lyrics of some “Christian” music.

The are some “secular” songs out there which put some “Christian songs” to shame, because they reflect a deeper, more sincere, more REAL engagement with questions about the person and character of God.

Here are a few examples for you. If you have any others to suggest, leave me a comment below!

First: Regina Spektor

Second: Dashboard Confessional.  Listen especially to the middle of this one, where Chris Carrabba is asking God to help him with the sin he wants to be set free from and talks about his struggles with unbelief.

5 thoughts on “The Open Market and Songs About God

    1. I can see why.

      Isn’t it interesting how a song like that can resonate with you in regard to God more than many “Christian” songs? I’m still trying to articulate why that is.

      I have a few thoughts: mostly that the deepest longings of the human heart are for God – thus, even human love, redemption and hope are nothing less than dim reflections of our fundamental longings for God – and his love, hope, faithfulness, redemption, etc. They are glimpses, tastes, whiffs of the Shalom which will one day be restored.

  1. Nick – I think you nailed it. I have often said that all human relationships are shadows or maybe even reflections of our relationship with God. As children our relationship with our parents is a picture of our relationship with God the father, our relationship with our siblings is a picture of the relationship with the body of Christ, our relationship with our spouse is a picture of our relationship with Christ, and our relationship with our children is a picture of how God relates to us as his children. Yes, dim reflections to be sure, but each relationship helps us, in some way, to relate to God. You said it very well!

    1. Thanks!

      One more thought: the reason these songs are more emotive than some Christian songs is because they are superior artistically, and art is intrinsically emotive.

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