Where’s the Love Bro? – Edgy Emotions

feelings

I have only heard a few of Jason Gray’s songs on the radio, but the few I’ve heard have always been very vague and void of meaning that goes beyond the words.

Give me rules
I will break them
Give me lines
I will cross them
I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves, and breathes
To sweep me off my feet
It ought to be

(CHORUS)
More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love

Give me words
I’ll misuse them
Obligations
I’ll misplace them
‘Cause all religion ever made of me
Was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free
It’s gotta be

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love

It’s like I’m falling in love, love, love
Deeper and deeper
It was love that made
Me a believer
In more than a name, a faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me
It’s gotta be

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love
It’s gotta be

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love
It’s like I’m falling, oh
I’m falling in falling
It’s like I’m falling

Well, it looks like Jamie Grace did better than Jason in terms of mentioning God. Jason doesn’t even mention God once in his song and mentions Jesus by name once. But, even if Jason talked of God every other word, his song still gives off the modern-day cultural Christianity message the world is begging for.

I once read a book written by Adrian Rogers. In this book he said something to the effect of, “emotions are the least reliable sense in your body. They are always changing.” Yet, in this entire song, Jason is saying that he won’t trust his other senses and he’ll go only for the feelings.

Don’t believe me? Look at the words. He suggests “falling in love” 19 times and rejects the other, more stable senses 14 times. His suggestions to all his listeners comes directly from the cultural Christianity idea that our feelings are very important for our spiritual life. They are the least reliable sense and yet everybody makes them out to be the heroes.

Also, his line, saying, “Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me” is completely untrue and the opposite of what the Bible says. It is Jesus’ love that changes us, not the other way around. A serious wrong by Jason.

Where’s the Love Bro? – Music Madness

micThe other day, it took me about 20 minutes to even realize the radio station that was on wasn’t Christian. That really shocked me. I mean, think about it. Jesus Christ has called us to not be conformed to this world, and yet our music, which is supposed to worship God alone, is so close to secular music that few can tell the difference.

Take Jamie Grace’s “Hold Me” song. Jamie Grace is a new singer in the Christian circle and I know many like her, but her song, “Hold Me” is very different from other Christian songs. Here are the lyrics:

I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you, the way you

I’ve had a long day, I just wanna relax
Don’t have time for my friends, no time to chit chat
Problems at my job, wonderin’ what to do
I know I should be working but I’m thinking of you and

Just when I feel this crazy world is gonna bring me down
That’s when your smile comes around

Oh, I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in your arms I’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love you more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving you less

Lord, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh

Well ya, took my day and you flipped it around
Calmed the tidal wave and put my feet on the ground
Forever in my heart, always on my mind
It’s crazy how I think about you all of the time

And just when I think I’m ’bout to figure you out
You make me wanna sing and shout

I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in your arms I’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love you more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving you less

Lord, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh

I’m so grateful and thankful for all you’ve done
Wish I could tell you in a short story or poem
But all I have is my voice and this guitar
And you have my heart

Oh, I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in your arms I’ll always be
You take each and every day, every day, every

I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day oh-so-special
I love the way you hold me, in your arms I’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love you more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving you less

Lord, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh
Oh, I love

I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me, hold me, hold me

Now, Jamie probably really does have good intentions and is saved, but her song is very culture. Out of all 558 words, the only clear references to God are the name “Lord” three times. That is a total of 0.005% of the song.

Now, someone could say the whole song is about God, and I’m sure Jamie means it to be that way, but look at the lyrics and take out the three “Lord”. What do you have? A song that could be about any guy or girl!

If this were a secular song, would you let your kid listen to it? Think of what the words are saying! This kind of music disturbs me greatly. And then, in line 20, Jamie addresses God as “ya”? Back in the day, one couldn’t even say God’s name because it was so Holy. But now we have people calling God, “ya”? That drives me crazy!

Where’s the Love Bro? – Lasting Love

llPhil Wickham, an amazing songwriter and singer, really sticks to Biblical messages in his songs. Some of them such as “Cielo”, “All I Am”, “Heaven Song”, etc. are all based on Biblical beliefs or worship. I have yet to find a song of his that contradicts the Bible. I don’t always agree with the way he delivers some of his songs I have to admit that his songs are very, very good Biblically and professionally.

Many of Wickham’s songs aren’t songs that will necessarily appeal to many of today’s taste, because they war against the flesh as they produce pure worship to God.

The following lyrics come from his song, “True Love”:

Come close listen to the story
About a love more faithful than the morning
The Father gave his only Son just to save us

Chorus:
The earth was shaking in the dark
All creation felt the Father’s broken heart
Tears were filling heaven’s eyes
The day that true love died, the day that true love died
When blood and water hit the ground
Walls we couldn’t move came crashing down
We were free and made alive
The day the true love died, the day that true love died

Search your hearts you know you can’t deny it
Lose your life just so you can find it
The Father gave his only son just to save us

Chorus

Bridge:
Jesus is alive
He rose again!

Come close listen to the story

The music, mood and tone of this song is just about perfect. The description of what happened at Jesus’ death is very moving and really keeps you captivated and he tells “the story”. Overall, I really enjoy this song.

There is one thing though, that Wickham made a mistake on. Jeremiah 17:9 says:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Yet, Wickham says the unbeliever needs to search their hearts. This isn’t exactly Biblical for someone who is not saved to do. The next verse in Jeremiah 17 says:

I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

God searches man’s heart. Our heart is deceitfully wicked, therefore it cannot be trusted until God gives us a new mind, spirit and heart when Christ comes into our lives and changes us.

Except for Wickham’s confusion with the unchanged heart and the changed heart, this song is actually really good. It tells the account of Jesus’ death beautifully and even goes beyond at the end to make sure everyone knows that He is no longer dead.

 

Where’s the Love Bro? – Sparky Start

StreichholzThe City Harmonic has really paved a way for themselves with their amazing songs. I am a big fan of the songs I’ve heard of theirs (I’ve heard about 1/3 of their songs). Their “Manifesto” is amazing, “My God” is very moving and “Take Heart” is striking. However, for their song, “Spark”, I have mixed feelings.

The song starts out mellow but quickly drifts into a jumpy theme (like someone hitting the piano keys). It gets a little more upbeat but it doesn’t distract from the message of the song. The lyrics are below:

Could a spark of Your love light a fire in me
Just a spark warm my cold heart
It’s the living that breathe
When I breathe in
Hope I breathe in
Create some meaning again
And I breathe in, peace will be there
Just a stream of love
Ohhh

This little light’s gonna shine
With just a spark to light a fire
Just a spark

Could a spark of Your love light the whole church on fire
When we care for our neighbor
More than we care for style
When we breathe in
Hope we breathe in
Create some meaning God
When we breathe out
Peace will breathe out
Just to breathe out love

This little light’s gonna shine
With just a spark light a fire
Just a spark

Just a spark could change the heart
Just a spark come change my heart
Just a spark is just a start
Light a fire in my heart

Light a fire in my heart
Light a fire in my heart
Light a fire in my heart
A fire in my heart
With just a spark

None of the words contradict anything in the Bible and the song overall gives a good message about being more than every other mediocre Christian!

I may not like the tune all that much in this particular song, nothing directly goes against Biblical beliefs and I have yet to hear a song from The City Harmonic that bothered me as far as the Bible goes . . . let’s pray that it stays that way because they are one talented group!