Monday, August 9

More like falling in love?

I heard this song by Jason Gray on the radio. It's about relating to God:
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
While I appreciate the sentiment, that our relationship with God has to have a heart-dimension, I wonder about the wisdom of the love metaphor as used here. I have a few other bones to pick with this song, which is getting plenty of play time on CCM stations.

First of all, to say that relating to God is "more like falling in love" is misleading in a culture which thinks that infatuation and heavy breathing is what constitutes falling in love. "Loving God with heart, soul, mind, and strength" (Mark 12:30) is not the same as "falling in love" with God.

Second, the song tends to divorce the emotions from the head or will -- perhaps setting them against each other. Emotional intensity overshadows everything else -- "More like losing my heart, than giving my allegiance..."

Third, it's all about "me" and really has little to say about God (even though Jesus is briefly mentioned in passing). This song could be sung by Muslims or Hindus -- or the most secular pop fan.
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