Archive for April, 2011

Emery’s song, “Scissors” is one of my least liked songs on “We Do What We Want”, but I was just listening to it again, and really studying the lyrics. I believe the last four lines describe the struggle that is displayed throughout the lyrics of “Scissors”. The struggle is that of a follower of Christ who observes the fallen, broken world around him or her, and wrestles with the doubts of their faith. Our struggle as Christians, is to answer the call to stop trusting in our own wisdom and to fully put our trust in the only One who we can truly rely on…Jesus. After all, that is what it means to deny our worldly desires, take up our crosses, and follow Him. (Luke 9:23) We feel like we have all the wisdom in the world sometimes, and so we think we know what is best and what is just. For this reason, we question what God’s purpose is for our lives and the lives of others. Why does He allow certain things to happen? Why does He do what He does in our lives?

“There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.”
~Proverbs 14:12

He allows what happens and does what He does, not only because He loves us with a perfect love, but ultimately to bring glory to Himself. He is holy and deserves all praise and glory. When we go through the painful times in our lives and draw more closely to Jesus, spending time in God’s Word, and talking to Him, it brings Him glory. Remember when you are going through times of pain, that Jesus endured, on the Cross, far more pain than we will ever endure in our lives. He took God’s full cup of wrath (that we deserve!) upon Himself, because He loves us!!!

“But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.”
~Isaiah 53:5

I hope that you have a blessed Easter, and rest in the saving knowledge of the Gospel. Spend time with God in His Word. Give God all the praise and glory that He deserves in your life. Love on your family, friends, and all of those with whom you come into contact. Shine Christ’s love for you to others. In Jesus’ name.

“For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person-though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!”
~Romans 5:6-8

Song: Scissors
Artist: Emery
Album: We Do What We Want

In your brilliance you became the only voice you trust

If it’s true then I’m dead
Right where I stand
Was the plan always this vicious?
You thought that your faith would carry you home

But it left me there in the waiting room alone
As I planned what to say
To the ones I’d be leaving
All praise and honor seem so far away
I never saw this coming you can lose what you found
And here comes the breakdown

Careful, careful watch your mouth
You’re talking like your such the innocent
(Accidents, Accidents, are we all?)
These words will be the death of you
(This I swear and this I know) the blame will find your hands
The blame has found these hands

It’s hard to live this
To know if I mean it
To let You know You have me
That I never can forget it
And these last words I say here
Are the last words that I will share
So God I’m asking, do You even care?

My hands are shaking and they won’t stop
As the world becomes a hospital room
I am not the one to ever disappear
But it’s over now, over now
Say it for the last time, one last time
I want to let go of this world for You

Careful, careful watch your mouth
You’re talking like your such the innocent
(Accidents, Accidents, are we all?)
These words will be the death of you
(This I swear and this I know) the blame will find your hands
The blame has found these hands
Hands held towards the sky
In the cool air of October
The whispers were always there
But they never caught up to your words
So will December find me all alone

The wishful face of the believer
Hope, but there is doubt that bleeds through
Still, I am arrested by Your presence
Nothing will compare to You

As I was looking at and listening to the lyrics of “The Cheval Glass” by Emery, I thought of something that I read recently. I have been reading “Radical”, by David Platt. During my reading, I found myself filled with emotions of anger and sadness at some of the experiences that David recounts in “Radical”. This book is a must read for all Christians, and I don’t mean your cliche New York Times “must read”. If you haven’t read it already, and decide to, do it with an open and willing heart to radically follow after Jesus, forsaking the “American Dream”. I don’t want to get too off topic though. What I am reminded of is the section where David is addressing our tendency to form Jesus into a Jesus that we want for our comfortable American lives. We tend to put words into Jesus’ mouth, by forming the mindset that “what Jesus really meant was…”

David goes on to say that, “this is where we need to pause. Because we are starting to redefine Christianity. We are giving into the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist Him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with. 

A nice, middle-class, American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who would not expect us to forsake our closest relationships so that he receives all our affection. A Jesus who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts, because, after all, he loves us just the way we are. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes, and who, for that matter, wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings us comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream. 

But do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are beginning to mold Jesus into our own image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves.”

Read the lyrics and listen to the song if you like. What are your thoughts on the points made by David in the excerpt that I shared, and the lyrics of The Cheval Glass?

Song: The Cheval Glass
Artist: Emery
Album: We Do What We Want

Turn the cheval glass and find corruption under my skin and mind
You’re so far from safety
Put your fingers to your eye and steal yourself away
Repetition, Repetition
It will not be satisfied
It can not be satisfied
You can not accomplish this
You can not be satisfied

The worst isn’t ever the curse or the cleverest lines
Sang the song of never, never, believed that you meant it this time

It’s time to back all your big words
So Come on now, Come on now
But You’re all lipstick and cheap skirts
You’re the shining light until it hurts
So tonight I’ll make this bleed
Light up the sky with my misdeeds
Cause I hate, I hate, I hate this
I fell from the first time

Fall was upon us with all the leaves turning
You were so sure of yourself
You were asking me questions of us getting older
You hardly could catch your breath
I wanted anything else

And I’ve asked
For the after remorse
To stay
And still these hands
But it never takes it never takes
Old habits are so hard to break
So you fall
And circle through
Your life
That can’t be seen
Avoid the brilliant
Lights that find you
Because when they do you know you’ll have to

It’s time to back all your big words
So Come on now, Come on now
But You’re all lipstick and cheap skirts
You’re the shining light until it hurts
So tonight I’ll make this bleed
Light up the sky with my misdeeds
Cause I hate, I hate, I hate this
I fell from the first time

There’s not enough wisdom or perception
Judge this now take back your life
You are dying and the time you spent was wasted on all the sick dreams of the lie
The lie
The Lie
Pull yourself out
Made yourself in your own image
The Praise you gave thousands of times
Lifted yourself up to the sky
The sky
Bow before all that you have done
The sky, the sky
Bow before all that you have done