As I mentioned in an earlier Top Three Thursday, even though I usually keep things secular on this blog, I am a follower of Christ who frequently listens to K-Love on the radio (in fact, pretty much any time I drive solo), and I enjoy Christian music, between the power behind the lyrics and the occasional upbeat song here and there. Be that as it may, I do not feel comfortable sharing my faith with others. Still, if I had to recommend Christian music to people of different faiths, three particular pieces come to my mind.
3. My Story – Big Daddy Weave
“Oh, to tell you my story is to tell of Him.” Honestly, we would be nothing without Jesus. Wherever our faith may be placed, His kindness draws us in. His love never gives up. It gives us hope, lets us live freely (not to be taken out of context), and triumphs over the enemy. No matter what we are going through, He is writing our individual stories as we speak, and we will, before long, realize to whom we truly belong.
2. Prodigal – Sidewalk Prophets
For those unfamiliar (including myself at the time of writing this), a prodigal is defined in this context as a person who leaves home and behaves recklessly but later makes a repentant return (alluding to a parable in Luke 15:11-32). The bottom line of the song is: no matter how far you may think you are from God, He is the Father of mankind who loves you as His flesh and blood. Moreover, we all have this longing deep down in our hearts for an unconditional love like His, a longing that is especially prominent in times of desperation. The song is upbeat, and it carries a powerful message.
Also, looking back through the parable mentioned earlier, I noticed how the prodigal son had a feast prepared for him whereas his brother, who had been slaving away all his life for the father’s sake, did not receive such a feast. This shows how much more significant it is for a lost person to be brought back than for an already faithful person to continue being faithful (which could be seen as one reason for this blog post).
1. Flawless – MercyMe
The music video shown above flawlessly (heh) depicts the overall message of the song. Notice how the band members are covered in paint that gradually disappears as the song progresses, as an accurate depiction of the effects of Jesus’ death on the cross—He suffered so that we would be made flawless in Him by faith. Also notice the people who are shown during the chorus—at first, they are labeled with some form of pain (which is not necessarily physical); then, at the last chorus, they are simply labeled “FLAWLESS”.
Additionally, the first verse provides an accurate description of how we perceive each other in a worldly view: doing right and wrong, thinking there’s worth in what we do. In truth, however, it is not about what we have done, but what Jesus has done for us. His unconditional love is indeed enough to take our wrongs and make us righteous. The cross has made us flawless.
Like before, I recommend to anyone reading to visit K-Love’s online radio player at http://www.klove.com/listen/player.aspx (again, regardless of faith). God bless the people who were inspired to compose this music in His name so that we may have an easier time connecting with Him.
À la prochaine! (Until next time!)