Thursday, December 4, 2008

How Great We Are

This particular post is aimed towards most Christian songs today, and it discusses the concept of "Memememe" that can be found in so many popular Christian songs. I started to become aware of this after I read a post on the blog "" found on WordPress, and then became further aware after watching Louie Giglio's "Indescribable" tour. If you have not seen "Indescribable" on tour or on DVD, I recommend that you get it as soon as possible.

I suppose that most modern day praise choruses are guilty of this, but I wonder from time to time if this whole "I-I-I-I-I" deal has something to do with spiritual immaturity. It is only with maturity that a relationship with Christ grows deeper and becomes less about us and more about Him. The analogy of a baby and a parent goes well here. When a baby is first born, it doesn't have the ability to think about anyone but herself. This really goes on until the child is older. But selfishness and self-absorption never really ends - it seems to be a default type of nature.

I would have put down an example of this "Mememememe" negative revolution that seems to be so rampant, but that's not really the point of my post. It is my hope that readers will become aware of this revolution just by listening to what is sung in church, but self-absorption goes across the board in every category of our lives, and I'm not convinced that it can be completely and totally exorcised out of our lives. That shouldn't stop us from trying, should it? Nah.

1 comment:

barnesenglish said...

You know, I was just thinking about this the other day. I remember going to some event called Focus once, and it struck me as weird that one line to a song, based on Psalm 51, was screwed up. It went, "Restore unto me the joy of my salvation."

The change of pronouns is no small matter. The original text is, "Restore unto me the joy of your salvation." As it says somewhere else in the Bible, "Salvation belongs to Yahweh." Salvation is the Lord's.

So when I was there, I sang, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation." I don't know whether anyone heard me.

At the time, I was trying to stand up, in a very small way, for textual accuracy. Now I see that something else was at work there. The praise chorus is really about those singing it, not the other way around.

And that's disturbing.