There seems to be little “Christian” music that is able to successfully communicate accurate theology written in easily understood lyrics with at least “good” musical quality. However, I’ve found that the band, Tenth Avenue North, has consistently written songs which have seemed to specifically address my personal struggles, temptations, weaknesses, confusion, and failure while pointed me back to God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. I appreciate their theological depth couched in ordinary language. Here’s a portion of their song “Cathedrals”:
We were built by the hands of loveRedeemed in spite of what we’ve doneWe are the spirit’s dwelling place….…Open up our souls to feel Your gloryLord, we are a desperate peopleYour cathedrals
In contrast to the numerous “worship” music that focuses on the individual’s personal experience of God, this song is written as though it is being sung by a plurality of people – thus focusing on our shared experience of God as his children.
The importance is not our terminology – using “we” language in our songs versus “I” – but we should take note of Jesus’ opinion about the words that we speak:
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. – Matthew 12:34b
What we say often reveals our underlying motives, attitudes, and perspectives. While not a perfect reflection, it may prove enlightening to reflect on the kinds of words that we say. We may discover more about ourselves than we may want to admit.
- What are ways that you see this culture of individualism expressed within yourself or society in general?
- What are the pros and cons inherent with an individualistic attitude?