In the post, Dan talks about Christian song lyrics – especially lyrics for “praise and worship” songs – that don’t always express what he is feeling or what he has experienced. (Yes, he knows that I know that singing is not about how we feel or what we’ve experienced, but we also can’t separate ourselves completely from background and mental/emotional state.)
Dan even offered us an example of a song with “more honest” lyrics from his perspective. I thought this stanza was especially good:
So I am trying to be â€œworshipfulâ€ here God
But Iâ€™m kinda worried about what these other people think of me
I donâ€™t want them to think I look silly
But I donâ€™t want them to think Iâ€™m worried about what they think
Should I raise my hands Jesus?
Maybe I should at least bounce around a little to the music
The final stanza is very good also!
A couple of years ago, I wrote a post along this same vein called “Singing Lies to God.” I wonder what would happened if we sang songs that truly expressed our hearts, our attitudes, our motives, and our desires, even when we were not “spiritual”… Sometimes I think secular music may be more honest than much of the music that’s called “Christian.”