Ever since I made a concerted effort to explore the Christian music scene, and discover the “good music” that I knew was out there, I’ve been aware of the controversy of Christian love songs. Controversy? Yes, in between the awkward attempts and lame lyrics, there were a number of good sounding attempts (for their time), but I found, like many, they played on sophomoric sleight of hand with ‘God is my girlfriend’ lyrics. There are Christian songs that appear to easily swap out “Jesus” for “girl”, and vice versa, without harming the content in anyway. And if the lyrics stand on their own, some are so ambiguous as to cast doubt on who exactly is the subject of the love. Astoundingly, for a faith that holds love as the highest ethic and motive, there are woefully few good Christian love songs. Now, however, I think I’ve found a truly exemplary one: And, if you’re reading a blog like this, I’m sure you’ve heard it and probably already love it, too.
Third Day’s song Carry My Cross has an interesting lyric: I’ve come here with a mission \ And soon I’ll give my life for this world \ I’m praying in the garden \ And I’m looking for a miracle.
I’ve come here with a mission
And soon I’ll give my life for this world
I’m praying in the garden
And I’m looking for a miracle
A reference to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane the night he was arrested. He would be put on trial and condemned to crucifixion. Jesus’s words,
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Jesus was asking God for a miracle. I never considered that verse in such a profound light until the moment I heard that song. Jesus was asking for a miracle, one that would not be granted.
Not even Jesus, God’s own Son, was saved by a miracle although none but Him has ever been worthy of it.
When tragedy strikes, pray with all your heart for a miracle.
When it arrives, praise God.
When it doesn’t arrive, praise God all the more, for a miracle withheld once saved your soul.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16