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A Song which would not fly on Christian Radio

Last Sunday’s lectionary is one of those sticky bits of scripture. The anti-peace, divided family stuff out of Luke 12 seems way out of sync. Even more so, to top it off, Jesus introduces it as wishing it was already kindled for the fire he was fixing to bring.

Yep, write a song on that text, and its pretty much guaranteed zero airplay on family friendly Christian radio… so it might be just the sort of thing which would be fun to do. 🙂

I’m sort of bummed out not making it to church last Sunday, as sermons on this text are fascinating. It can be a tricky one to navigate as there are so many themes which can spin out of it… which makes building a song around it challenging and then some. One of the interesting bits to consider is the sequencing of events in Revelation… terror and stress, then worship, and a sort of cycling repeating affair. It doesn’t fit with the family friendly CCM model of “Jesus is my boyfriend” but there are multitudes of similar ripples throughout human existence.

Another way to consider the pushback this text provides is along the lines of a Rich Mullins quote:

Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.”

The Ragamuffin film will be coming out in the next year or two, and there is a record exec talking to Rich in the trailer.

All this talking you’ve been doing at your concerts, thats gotta stop. You’re there to make fans not enemies.

in reference to any number of Rich’s sayings that went against the teachings of popular evangelical preachers.