Category: Music

Announcing New Blog Topic! + No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music

Announcing New Blog Topic! + No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music

You might have noticed the past few weeks I’ve been posting little devotional-type articles about Christian songs. It was partially an experiment and partially the beginning of a new blog topic.

And now I’d like to announce my latest blog topic: The Theology Behind The Song.

Why am I doing this?

If you are anything like me, you are almost always listening to music. Whether that is while you study, commute, write, or do chores, there’s a constant stream of songs pouring into your ears.

Those songs slowly seep into our minds and we can sing along mindlessly without really understanding what we are saying. Songs teach us many things—from the alphabet, to multiplication tables, to theology.

My goal with this new section is to help us all critically evaluate the Christian songs we hear on the radio. We need to be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who compared everything to Scripture.

I know this is a big swing from weekly writing articles, but don’t worry, I’ll still be posting about writing and reading.

 

We all struggle with fears. Spiders. Darkness. Heights. Rejection.

This song reminds me of Romans 8:31-39. The first verse reads: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”

Paul is talking about greater fears than spiders here. He’s talking about the fear of man—persecution, suffering, death.

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear, you are more valuable than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:28-31

As Christians, we shouldn’t live in fear of what man might do to us. We shouldn’t be afraid of being rejected by the world because of our faith.

Men cannot destroy our souls. They can hurt our physical bodies and torment our minds, but they cannot steal our salvation.

The chorus of this song reminds us that we are “no longer slaves to fear” but we are children of God.

We must live boldly for Christ, remembering that we are God’s children.

I think these lyrics are pretty sound in theology. Definitely a good one to listen to.

 


 

Oliver’s Travels!

Oliver reading LotR
Oliver is attempting to read Return of the King with me, but the one volume version of Lord of the Rings is a bit hard for him to handle.
Casting Crowns: Nobody

Casting Crowns: Nobody

 

This is one of those songs that’s so easy to sing along to without really understanding the words. How many of us actually are content being nobodies? How many of us can say if the world forgets our names after we die, we’re cool with it? I know I can’t.

As fallen people, we are selfish. We live so others notice us. We want to be remembered. Our lives are all about us.

But this song reminds us we are to live so the world can see Jesus in us. There’s nothing in us that’s worth admiring, except for the work Christ has done. We were saved by grace alone.

God choose the nobodies of this world to do mighty works for Him. “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.” 1 Corinthians 1:16-29

John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

We must stop trying to be “somebodies” and focus on showing the world Somebody. Somebody so much greater than we could ever be. That Somebody is Jesus.

 


 

 

Oliver’s Travels!

 

Oliver and candles
Oliver thinks the candlelight makes him look mysterious.