“Made yourself in your own image…”

Posted: April 22, 2011 in Quotes, Song Lyrics, Thoughtful Pondering

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

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